Taxi! Volkswagen Electrifies Milan
Did you ever drive in Milano, Italy? Take my advice: Don’t. Park your car, take a taxi. That must have gone through the minds of the boys in Wolfsburg, when they were searching for a name for their dedicated taxi prototype. “Mamma mia! Let’s call it Milano!”
An so it came that today, the Milano Taxi, a study of a mass-market taxi powered by an electric motor, made its world debut at the Hannover Messe.
The Milano Taxi is powered by an electric motor with a peak output of 85 kW; energy is supplied from a lithium ion battery integrated in the underbody, giving it a whopping range of up to 300 kilometers, says VeeDub in a press release. That’s three times the back&forth distance from downtown Milan to the Malpensa airport, of which some people claim, it’s in another country.
Serendipity at work: Today, Martin Winterkorn could show the appropriately green taxi to his Chancellor, Angela Merkel. She could have used the thing. The Icelandic volcano ashes disrupted her flight back from the USA to Berlin. They could fly as far as Rome, Italy. Then, the ashes grounded her plane. From Rome, she had to be driven all the way to Berlin, 1700 kilometers – the Milano could have done that with just 6 charges.
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