4. The turning circle is the same as before, despite the cab being a little longer. It will still make the the ultimate test – the Savoy Hotel roundabout in London – in one move.
5. It’s a plug-in hybrid with range extender engine. So while it can cruse the streets silently with zero tailpipe emissions for most of the time, its small Volvo-sourced petrol engine can chip in and charge up the batteries (under the driver’s seat) when required. So it won’t strand you when you are on your way to Heathrow…
6. It has been tested lots. LTC says it has covered over a million development miles in places like the Arizona desert and Arctic Circle.
7. It’s has a huge panoramic roof. The glass (it will be an option) transforms the space inside – and is perfect for tourists to get a truly uplifting view of London.
8. It’s connected. There are charging points and wifi in the back.
9. A key driver in its development is the huge potential improvement the silent, clean cab could bring to quality of life in city centres.
10. It’s on sale later this year. Despite the expensive aluminium and hybrid technology, LTC’s Will Barber says that after a grant, it will come with an affordable price for cabbies.
And there is interest in it from elsewhere too, from as far afield as Holland and Hong King… and yes even south of the river…