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Hydrogen fuel cell cabs arrive in London

A TX4 Taxi at London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5.

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Intelligent Energy has announced that the first of their hydrogen fuel cell black cabs have taken to the streets of London. The zero emission cabs have a fuel cell and a battery that allows them to travel up to 250 miles, well within the confines of a conventional taxi.

At a March 22, 2011 event, one of the taxis traveled around London to some of the city’s iconic landmarks. Eventually, the project will deliver a fleet of vehicles by 2012. Mayor of London Boris Johnson said, “These prototype zero-emission taxis are a shining example of British ingenuity, combining revolutionary fuel cell technology with an iconic design classic. This marks an important milestone in my goal to create a cleaner cab fleet, firstly through introduction of the first ever age limits moving towards zero-emission vehicles as they come to market.”

The fuel cell black cabs were developed by a consortium of companies, led by Intelligent Energy and including Lotus Engineering, London Taxis International, and TRW Conekt, with partial funding from the UK’s Technology Strategy Board.

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