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Volkswagen Milano Taxi concept

Volkswagen Milano Taxi concept

Volkswagen Milano Taxi concept rear seat interior

Volkswagen Milano Taxi concept interior

Volkswagen Milano Taxi concept
Make Volkswagen
Model Milano Taxi
Concept year 2010
Production year -
Engine electric

You learn something new everyday. For example, I knew that traditionally taxis in London were black and ugly, and that taxi's in New York were yellow and big. I also was aware that most taxi's in Africa were battered old Mercedes. But I didn't know that Taxi's in Milan were traditionally painted in a mix of green and black. But I do now. And so do you.

The Volkswagen Milano Taxi was debuted at the 2010 Hanover Trade Show. The concept was designed to act as a study into the feasibility of a mass-market, emission-free taxi which operated solely on electricity.

The electric motor found in the VW Milano Taxi concept is capable of generating up to 115 horsepower. Powered by a lithium-ion battery which is located under the floor of the vehicle, the motor is capable of taking the concept up to a 74 mph top speed. And over 186 miles before a recharge is needed.

One of the biggest problems facing plug-in rechargeable electric vehicles is the downtime which occurs during recharges. One can only imagine how furious a NY cabbie would be if he had to wait for 6 hours to recharge his car! Thankfully VW's engineers are pretty smart people, and they've found a way to get over 80 percent charge into the Milano Taxi concept's batteries in just over an hour.

The interior of the Volkswagen Milano Taxi concept has been designed with space, efficiency and convenience in mind. Despite it's small size (3.73 meters long by 1.66 meters wide) the concept can easily carry two passengers and a generous amount of luggage. A glass roof helps keep the interior nice and bright, as do the large side windows. Once inside, the passengers can use a touch screen LCD display mounted on the back of the driver's seat to see an overview of the route being taken, pay the fare or adjust the climate control in the back of the vehicle. The driver also gets an LCD screen which can display a variety of information relating to the vehicle systems, passenger fare or navigation functions.

The Volkswagen Milano Taxi isn't designed to replace the larger MPV style taxis which can haul six or seven people and a whole load of cargo. But considering most taxi journeys are for only one or two passengers, a nippy, emissionless vehicle which can navigate congested urban streets could certainly find its niche.

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