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Black cabs go electric with Wi-Fi, USB and new sunroofs

December 6, 2017 11:05 AM
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Black cabs go electric with Wi-Fi, USB and new sunroofs

LONDON'S black cab has gone electric - and it's just hit the roads.

Wi-Fi, USB charging and even a sunroof are among the new features of the six-seat, battery-powered cabs, with a range extender of up to 400 miles.

Fares match those of diesel predecessors, so users can go green at no additional cost.

“You can see very clearly this is a London black cab,” Chris Gubbey, the chief executive of the London Electric Vehicle Company, a unit of Chinese-owned Geely, said.

“However, everything is new. It [has an] all-aluminium body and electric engine with range extender. But most importantly, it's bringing clean air to London,” he said.

Although the upgrade to a new set of wheels will set back cabbies about £55,000, Mr Gubbey says it will also save about £100 on average weekly fuel costs.

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