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PHOTO CAPTION: Frazer-Nash all-electric Ecotive Metrocab will start service in London early in 2014.

Greener Taxi Competition Grows with Launch of Hybrid Metrocab in London

Frazer-Nash launches its black cab competitor, a range-extended electric hybrid Metrocab in early 2014.

Published: 26-Dec-2013

The London Taxi Company, which has had a lock on the British taxi industry for decades with its iconic black cabs, is about to get some competition from British sports car manufacturer Frazer-Nash, which will roll out its white electric Ecotive Metrocab in mid-January.

Few details are available regarding the specs, but what we know is that the vehicle boasts up to 75 miles per gallon from a hybrid-electric powertrain pushed by an electric motor for each rear wheel and a gas engine to back it up. The mileage is considerably higher than the 20 mpg to 30 mpg from the traditional black diesel-driven taxi, also known locally by the very British term hackney carriage.

Surrey, U.K.-based Frazer-Nash, which has been working on the taxi project since 2007 through its subsidiary Ecotive Ltd., says the vehicle will go into service by the middle of January.

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