New Taxi for London

MQT on 2012-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2012
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will you agree to run a design competition for a new iconic, zero emission, black cab for London?


Answer for New Taxi for London

Answer for New Taxi for London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Written response received 29 June 2012

My Air Quality Strategy sets out stretching targets of a 60 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency for new taxis by 2015 (compared to 2008) and a taxi capable of zero emission operation by 2020.

TfL continues to work with the existing taxi manufacturers, as well as other vehicle manufacturers who wish to enter the London taxi market, to develop more efficient taxis. All manufacturers have repeatedly and clearly stated their commitment to deliver such vehicles and I am now pushing for them to come forward with suitable models.

This approach has already delivered some successes:

- The London Taxi Company has developed a hydrogen taxi. Five of these vehicles will be trialled during the Olympics.

- Mercedes Benz are currently investigating the feasibility of converting their all electric 'E Vito' to London taxi standards, as well as exploring 'Stop Start' technology which could have a significant positive impact on reducing taxi emissions.

I am confident these trials and developments as well as other work by vehicle manufacturers wishing to enter the taxi market in London will deliver a taxi capable of zero-emission in the medium term.