UK: Electric cabs hit London streets

Electric black taxis have hit London's roads under plans to improve air quality, according to the BBC.

The launch comes weeks ahead of rules requiring new cabs in the capital to be capable of emitting zero emissions.

More than 9 000 such taxis, roughly half the current black cab fleet, are expected on London's roads by 2021.

The new TX can travel 80 miles on a single battery charge and is fitted with a 1,5 litre petrol engine to assist with longer journeys. The vehicle's filtration system also removes harmful gases from incoming air.

The cab has six seats, contactless card machines, WiFi and USB charging.

An £18 million (R326 million) scheme to install 75 rapid charging stations by the end of this year - which can load vehicles in 30 minutes - is reportedly behind schedule.

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