Few vehicles are more recognizable than London's black taxi cab, a staple in British transport that's set to get a modernized makeover.
Set to start dotting London's busy roads by August 1st, these cars will retain the classic taxi facade, while receiving an infusion of cost effective and efficient technology. The current electric model relies on a small gas engine when the battery runs low, but the new model's battery will be capable of an extended charge. The new cabs maintain a driving range of 400 miles, including a significant 70 miles on electric battery -- an impact which saves drivers the equivalent of $130 a week.
London is working towards its goal of implementing zero-emission taxis by 2020, serving as a leading example of urban innovation and eco transportation.