Deputy Mayor Kit Malthouse and John Russell, CEO of Manganese Bronze Holdings,launched a demonstration hydrogen fuel cell taxi at City Hall yesterday.
The vehicle is part of a consortium project to develop a fuel cell taxi, as such it would be some time in the future before the technology became viable for general use on British streets in terms of the cost of manufacture and the availability of hydrogen re-fuelling stations..
John Russell said “The London Taxi is a great icon for fuel cell technology adaptation – future technology meets a design classic.
As a British manufacturer we are pleased to have participated in developing a hydrogen fuel cell black cab. The project was a great opportunity to work with Intelligent Energy, Lotus Engineering and TRW Conekt – some of the leading UK engineering companies to develop a zero emissions taxi.”
LTI Vehicles have been involved with the hydrogen fuel cell taxi project from its inception, providing the glider vehicles and supporting the design and packaging of the hydrogen fuel cell. Intelligent Energy, who led the consortium, is a leading hydrogen fuel cell innovation company.
The project is part sponsored by the Government, through the Technology Strategy Board, the consortium provided the rest of the funding.
The next stage of the project which would require further funding is to develop a small fleet of fuel cell taxis for the 2012 Olympics.
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