UK company unveils electric micro-taxi for future urban ride hailing
UK-based company Electric Assisted Vehicles (EAV) has revealed a new, zero-emissions taxi concept, which they claim will ease traffic congestion in urban settings.
Provisionally named the ‘EAVGo!’, this taxi isn’t your normal cab. Instead, it is tiny, lightweight and is in part an upgraded electric bicycle, which means the vehicle will be allowed to travel in both car and bike lanes, according to EAV’s website.
The company that is developing the taxi specialises in making micro-mobility cargo delivery units that are “engineered down from a van, not up from a bicycle”.
The EAVGo! is a development of the ‘EAV2cubed’ eCargo vehicle. Having developed a separate front cab with multiple rear box and pod solutions for cargo application, EAV has created a passenger-carrying solution based on their patented ‘Cloudframe’ chassis.
The EAV taxi can carry up to two people in the suspension-equipped rear passenger area, which is lined with memory foam seats and cushions.
The vehicle features a display screen to showcase ride information, a luggage compartment under the seats, and the ability to adjust the temperature inside the cabin. The passenger cabin also has a ramp for wheelchair accessibility.
The EAV taxi has a range between 30 to 100 km depending on the size of the battery, and “clocks in” at 25 km/hr.
According to a statement by EAV’s founder and CEO Adam Barmby, the EAV taxi could solve efficiency issues related to electric cars, vans, and taxis, as well as problems with traffic congestion and emissions.
“[The current electric vehicles] are large and heavy and a lot of energy is simply wasted just moving their own weight around,” said Barmby.
“We looked closely at both taxis and private hire vehicles in urban environments and immediately saw we could be more efficient, cleaner, healthier and just as comfortable at a much lower cost.”
The first prototype will be built this month, and deliveries of the final unit will begin in the spring of next year.
3 August 2021