Looking like a cross between a recumbent bicycle and a small articulated lorry, the Quicab has the potential to revolutionise inner city taxis services and help tackle London’s poisoned air.
The Quicab can chauffeur four passengers at speeds of up to 15 mph thanks to the Velove Armadillo cargo bike ‘tractor unit’. Crucially, it produces no tailpipe emissions.
Should the Quicab replace London taxis?
Under Transport for London (TfL) rules, all new black cabs now need to be at least hybrid. However, an age limit of 15 years on new cabs means it will be 2032 before the last diesel one disappears from London.
Particulates from diesel exhaust are the deadliest form of air pollution due to their ability to penetrate deep into the lungs and blood streams unfiltered, causing permanent DNA mutations, heart attacks and premature death. Furthermore, the World Health Organisation designates particulates a Group 1 carcinogen.
Given all this, perhaps the Quicab should have a monopoly in central London…and sooner rather than later.
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