Assuming Uber hasn’t killed off the trade by then, it’s been revealed that in 2017, London’s black cabs will go electric. The TX5, which was revealed yesterday, will also feature a glass roof, Wi-Fi and a lightweight aluminium body. It'll carry up to six passengers at a time too, so there'll be a smaller chance of having to ditch your mate on those big nights out.
Don’t expect the cabs to look like something from a dodgy sci-fi movie though. The taxis of tomorrow will still have that classic look about them, since they’ve been built with the iconic FX4 (below) in mind.
The TX5, meanwhile, is the brainchild of London Taxi Co., which is part of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, a Chinese company that's also set to pump £250 million into a new production factory and a further £50 million into a research centre near Coventry. The giant complex should be up and running at some point next year, and will employ 1,000 people.