Electric Taxi VehicleVolkswagen has brought its innovative concept of Electric Taxi Vehicle to London as part of a world tour.

Electric Taxi Vehicle is designed to meet the challenges faced by vehicles in modern cities, with ever tighter restrictions on space and emissions. Volkswagen Electric Taxi Vehicle Concept is powered by an electric motor fed by lithium-ion batteries. With a capacity of 45 kW/h the batteries allow the electric motor to generate a maximum power output of 115 PS, translating to a theoretical top speed of 74 mph.

The range of the Volkswagen Electric Taxi Vehicle Concept is estimated at 186 miles between charges with an 80 per cent charge taking around one hour to complete.

The major functions of the vehicle including climate, entertainment and fare information are all grouped onto one touchscreen display mounted next to the driver. In the back a similar screen relays information to the passengers on their route and their immediate environment. Despite its modest size, the Volkswagen Taxi Concept feels luxurious, with use of cream leather and individual, as opposed to bench, seats.

Elegant daytime running lights mounted within the headlight units are joined by a distinctive ‘Taxi’ light on the roof. This has two settings – it glows green, indicating when it’s free and red when it’s not.

At the rear the light units are integrated into the 60:40 split tailgate, behind which are a pair of cubbies to house the belongings of the driver.