2010 Volkswagen Milano Taxi Concept Previewed
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Volkswagen has announced that it will launch its first production electric vehicles in 2013. The automaker has revealed the intention of becoming the world’s leading automaker by 2018, leading in all segments of the automobile industry including the hybrid and electric categories. As a first step in that process, it has launched the zero emission 2010 Milano Taxi Concept at the Hanover Trade Show.
Volkswagen is showcasing this vehicle as a possible transportation soultion for the future. The Milano taxi has a top speed of 120 km/hr (75 mph) and is powered by an electric motor delivering a peak power of 85 kW. A 45 kWh lithium-ion battery pack supplies the desired energy to the motor.
The vehicle has a relatively low weight (1500 kg) despite the significant weight of the battery. The Milano Taxi is 5.24 feet tall, 12.3 feet long and 5.4 feet wide. The motor allows a maximum driving range of up to 300 km (186 miles) depending on the driving style.
The good news is that the battery can be recharged to 80 percent of its total capacity in just around one hour. A new feature on the Taxi is that of a single swivel-sliding door that opens far forward on the passenger’s side offering a broad entrance for the passengers. Plus, the interior has customizable touchscreens.