Taxi! Volkswagen Electrifies Milan

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
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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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  • Russycle Russycle on Apr 19, 2010

    I believe Milan was the first place I saw a Smart car. Made sense there, I had no desire to drive, and if I did, there wasn't any place to park. I could pretty much get around fine on foot...except to the airport. It's practically in another time zone.

    • Joeaverage Joeaverage on Apr 22, 2010

      Man driving in Milan AIN'T NOTHING compared to living and driving in Naples. Did that for three years. Had fun and it was a crazy place. Glad I was single and not worrying about a wife and our kids getting run over there. Note that this was prior to the Internet and GPS. Yeah, we got lost alot. Maps work if your passenger can keep up. Like any city it was challenge to find where the car was parked at the end of the day. So many little tight streets.

  • Rusted Source Rusted Source on Apr 19, 2010

    I hope she doesn't get her microphone confused with the busy end of that extension cord.

  • Tassos And all 3 were ordered by Fisker's mother. Seriously, given Fisker's terrible record of Failure in the past, only an utter loser, (for example, VGhost or Art Vandelay?), looking for a BEV terrible enough to be a proper replacement of his 11 mile range Fiat 500E, would order one of these. (apart from Fisker's mother)
  • Tassos And all 3 of them were ordered by Fisker's mother.Seriously, after Fisker's DISMAL record of UTTER FAILURE in the past, only a GOD DAMNED MORON would order this one.
  • RHD Any truth to the unconfirmed rumor that the new, larger model will be called the bZ6X? We could surmise that with a generous back seat it certainly should be!
  • Damon Thomas Adding to the POSITIVES... It's a pretty fun car to mod
  • GregLocock Two adjacent states in Australia have different attitudes to roadworthy inspections. In NSW they are annual. In Victoria they only occur at change of ownership. As you'd expect this leads to many people in Vic keeping their old car.So if the worrywarts are correct Victoria's roads would be full of beaten up cars and so have a high accident rate compared with NSW. Oh well, the stats don't agree.