Here’s Volkswagen’s vision of the famous London Black Cab, an all black rendition of the Milano Taxi Concept that came out in April. Based on the underpinnings of the forthcoming UP! city car, it was recently unveiled in the British capital by Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design at Volkswagen.

The Volkswagen Taxi Concept is powered by an electric motor fed by lithium-ion batteries. With a capacity of 45 kW/h the batteries allow the electric motor to generate a maximum power output of 115 PS, translating to a theoretical top speed of 120 km/h. The range is estimated at 300 km between charges with an 80% charge taking around one hour to complete.

The concept measures 3,730 mm long, 1,680 mm wide and 1,600 mm tall. That makes it shorter than the VW Fox although its long wheelbase and minimal overhangs allow for a spacious cabin with room for two adults plus a luggage area. The major functions of the vehicle (climate, entertainment and fare information) are shown on a touchscreen display next to the driver. A similar screen relays information to the passengers.

The styling is similar to the UP! concept cars and features cool details such as the silver Union Jack on the roof and the City of London’s coat of arms. It’s a cab, so the ‘Taxi’ light on the roof glows green when it’s available and red when it’s not. Gallery after the jump.

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