- Mayor of London Boris Johnson calls on Government and European Commission to match the Capital’s ambitious plans to tackle air quality to help London meet EU limits for nitrogen oxide by 2020, rather than 2030
- New diesel cars levy announced with drivers set to pay a further £10 to enter London Ultra Low Emission Zones from 2020
- Boris meets Metrocab’s first London cabbie and describes the zero-emissions taxi as “a masterpiece of British engineering”
London Mayor Boris Johnson and Lord Mayor Alderman Fiona Woolf have hosted the Corporation of the City of London Air Quality reception at the Mansion House, where a new Air Quality Manifesto for London was launched.
Mayor Boris Johnson, who arrived emissions free on his bicycle, was also offered a zero-emissions journey home by the new Metrocab’s first cabbie Tony Norris.
London Mayor Boris Johnson said: “In our Ultra Low Emissions Zones (ULEZ) all taxis are to be zero-emissions capable, which means drivers must switch over to electric drive when in the ULEZ. The aim is to have 7,000 zero-emissions-capable taxis on the streets of London by 2020, and now is the time to move forward with these remarkable technological developments I have seen outside.”
Commenting on the new zero-emissions capable Metrocab, Boris Johnson said: “It’s superb, an absolutely beautiful machine and a masterpiece of British engineering. Totally silent, it’s the Rolls Royce of taxis and can do 100mpg.”
Speaking at the event, Fiona Woolf, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, said: “We are a world away from the thick and filthy fogs of Victorian London – and even from the post war ‘pea soupers’. But we have a long way to go before London’s air quality is at the levels we want to see. Our capital is home to a unique concentration of expertise and initiative, and this is a London-wide challenge – but it is also a global challenge. Our goals will be achieved through cooperation between the London boroughs, London Councils, the Government and the GLA – who I congratulate on showing such excellent leadership.”
British designed, engineered and built to help London meet its air quality targets, the Metrocab from Surrey-based Frazer-Nash Research and Ecotive is a new generation zero-emissions capable range extended electric-powered taxi, and represents the cutting edge of green transport.
The Metrocab’s REE technology delivers a range of 560km, typically saving a London taxi driver £20-£40 per day based on the average day and night duty cycle in the capital.
Also showcased by Frazer-Nash at the Air Quality reception was a revolutionary new Solar Charging Station model, demonstrating the company’s Concentrated PhotoVoltaic Technology, which converts light energy into electrical energy for charging the Metrocab’s lithium-ion polymer battery pack. The company is trialling a full-size system at its Surrey headquarters and intends to roll out the charging stations in London and other key cities around the world.