Metrocab

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Metrocab
Headquarters United Kingdom
Website www.metrocab.com

Metrocab is a British manufacturer of taxicabs.

The company was known for producing the MCW Metrocab, latterly based in Tamworth in operation under various owners from 1989 to 2006. Various versions developed from the original MCW Metrocab were built over the years. Metrocab entered administration in 2006.

The Metrocab name was purchased by Frazer-Nash Research, in conjunction with Ecotive Limited. In 2014, they launched the New Metrocab, the first authorised electric-powered London black cab.[1]

History[edit]

MCW[edit]

The company was created by Metro Cammell Weymann (MCW) as a taxicab manufacturing enterprise, producing the MCW Metrocab.

Reliant[edit]

In 1989, Reliant acquired Metrocab from MCW, and transferred the plant to Tamworth.[2]

Hooper[edit]

Following the collapse of the Reliant Group in 1991, Metrocab was bought out of receivership by the vehicle coachbuilder Hooper.[3] In December 2000 the company suspended trading,[3] and the corporate recovery firm of Leonard Curtis was appointed as administrators.[4]

Kamkorp[edit]

In June 2001, Kamkorp purchased Metrocab's assets from the receiver and restarted production under the new holding company Metrocab (UK).[5] In April 2005, Metrocab restarted production of the Metrocab after a 14-month suspension.[6] Production at Metrocab finally ceased in April 2006.[7]

Production of the original Metrocab ceased in 2006. In 2014, the electric-powered New Metrocab was launched. It is the first authorised electric-powered London black cab.[1]

The New Metrocab[edit]

Metrocab Westminister Bridge
Metrocab Westminister Bridge
Metrocab at night
  • 98 MPG on the ECE101 Cycle and over three times more fuel efficient than comparable current London taxi
  • 75% less CO2 than comparable current London taxi
  • New Metrocab <65g/km CO2
  • >560 km combined range
  • Significantly lower running costs, typically saving a London cabbie £20 – 40 per day
  • Zero-emissions mode and home charging via standard mains outlet
  • >10 years in development and over a million powertrain test kilometres
  • Six passenger seats (plus optional seventh passenger seat in the front)
  • Designed to comply with London Taxi Private Hire (LTPH) regulations

Metrocab Technical Specification[edit]

GENERAL

  • Range extended electric vehicle
  • Designed to comply with London Taxi Private Hire (LTPH)regulations
  • Capable of zero emission operation
  • Vehicle health diagnostics and status telemetry system

VEHICLE DIMENSIONS

  • Overall length:................................ 4,905mm
  • Overall width:................................. 1,800mm
  • Overall height:................................ 1,925mm
  • Wheel base:.....................................3,181mm

VEHICLE WEIGHT

  • Gross:................................................ 2,515 kg

PERFORMANCE

  • Top speed:........................................ 80 mph (Restricted)
  • Max gradient:................................... 1:3
  • Emissions:......................................... <65g/km CO2
  • Turning circle: ................................. 7.62m (designed to meet LTPH requirement)
  • Regenerative braking

DRIVELINE

  • Peak motor power:........................ 2 x 50 kW
  • Peak wheel torque:........................ 2 x 1,400Nm

RANGE EXTENDER

  • 1 litre petrol range-extender engine coupled to generator unit
  • Fuel efficient urban and highway generating modes
  • Meets Euro 5 emission standards

BATTERY SYSTEM

  • Lithium-ion polymer large format cells
  • Stored capacity:............................... 12.2kWh
  • 3 kW on board charging

FEATURES

  • Driver multi-function touch screen display and instrument cluster with colour display
  • Passenger colour display
  • USB charging socket
  • Digital infotainment system
  • Hands free telephone
  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • 3-seater rear bench seat - fore/aft adjustable for more luggage space when required
  • 3 rear-facing flip-down seats
  • 1 optional front passenger seat
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Panoramic glass roof
  • Mood lighting
  • Air suspension

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Notes[edit]