Milano Taxi will be part of electric car offensive planned for 2013

VW has revealed plans for a mass-market electric taxi as part of plans to sell several electric vehicles from 2013.

The car, unveiled at the Hannover Messe show today, is called the Milano Taxi and described as an "urban MPV tailored to the needs of taxi drivers". It is 3.73 metres long, 1.60 metres tall and 1.66 metres wide, and weighs less than 1500kg.

It uses a lithium ion battery that is integrated underneath the car, has 85kW of power, a 75mph top speed and a range of 300 kilometres (186 miles) between charges. An 80 per cent charge takes just over an hour.

The most striking feature on the concept is its swivel-sliding door, which extends into the roof to make a wide opening. It also uses a vacant front passenger space to carry luggage and a cut back dash to boost interior room.

A screen in the rear displays the current fare and allows passengers to get more information on local points of interest. The driver also has a touchscreen computer, which de-clutters the dash, controlling functions including the climate control, taxi radio, telephone, sat-nav and trip computer.

The name Milano is inspired by its colour scheme: it is green and black, the same colour taxis in Milan used to be painted. The styling is inspired by teh VW Beetle and Samba bus.

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19 April 2010

This looks relatively close to production. Hopefully we'll be seeing the production Up! soon, and I think this 'taxi' would do pretty well in some countries. Looks good.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

19 April 2010

This is the modern day version of the classic 23 window microbus....

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=949604

Looking back to look forward.

19 April 2010

It would need some sort of Perspex screen to give protection to the driver from muggers.

Otherwise looks like a great concept.

Of course, this design is strictly for the continent due to the two offset doors.

Hardly worth building a special model for the brits..

I thought it looks more like that Fiat minibus based on the fiat 500, what was that called?

19 April 2010

I can see another cabbie excuse developing here: 'Sorry Guvnor. Not enough juice in the batteries to go that far'.

19 April 2010

[quote Lesbert]I thought it looks more like that Fiat minibus based on the fiat 500, what was that called?
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Do you reffer to the Fiat 600 Multipla, based on the Fiat 600?

Fiat 600 Multipla

19 April 2010

[quote rtwingo]

[quote Lesbert]I thought it looks more like that Fiat minibus based on the fiat 500, what was that called?
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Do you reffer to the Fiat 600 Multipla, based on the Fiat 600?

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Yes, that's the one.

Fiat 600, more modern than I realized :-)

19 April 2010

If they gave it the 1.2 TSI it could have the same power, be half the weight, twice the range, and half the price.

More than ever am i thinking electric battery powered cars are a complete dead end.

We need more hydrogen engines and fuel cell developments. And non battery electric alternatives.

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