Yesterday I talked about how ITM Power was putting up a hydrogen fueling station at the Stansted Airport in London in 2011. And, in February 2010 I had talked about how the London fuel cell black taxi cabs were coming to London for the 2012 Olympics.
Well now one of those hydrogen hybrid black taxis has arrived for its unveiling. As one can see the London Black Taxi FCV keeps its iconic colors and style but it is whisper quiet with its Intelligent Energy fuel cell inside.
The taxi is able to speed up to an 80 mph maximum and will need to be refueled only once a day as the car has a range of over 250 miles. The taxi, which also carries lithium ion batteries for more power, can also be refueled with compressed hydrogen fuel in only 5 minutes.
According to CEO of Intelligent Energy Dr. Henri Winand, “The Fuel Cell Black Cab is a hackney-carriage fit for the 21st Century and its ever larger urban centers, where the reclamation of good air quality matters hugely to all of us. The LTI TX4 is an internationally recognized and iconic symbol of London, and to put an entirely new fuel cell hybrid electric zero emissions ‘engine’ into the existing vehicle design in such a short amount of time and still deliver performance, refueling speeds and range, is a fantastic achievement for all the companies involved. We now look towards the introduction of the first fleet of these vehicles into London for 2012. The launch today at City Hall demonstrates that we are well on course to achieving this goal.”
For more details and specifications about the Fuel Cell Black Cab in London there is a PDF file attached to the link that will explain more than I am able to in the space of this blog. I also asked one of the representatives for Intelligent Energy whether or not the Intelligent Energy Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter would be ready in time for the 2012 Olympics in London and he said the scooter was still in testing and would not be available.
No matter, as the Fuel Cell Black Cab will be an inspiring avenue in which to showcase the zero emissions power of hydrogen vehicles before a worldwide audience.