Electric Assisted Vehicles (EAV) has unveiled a tiny zero-emissions Taxi that the company claims could cut city traffic congestion in half in the next five years. The EAV Taxi is tiny, lightweight – and because it’s essentially “an upgraded electric bicycle,” it may be allowed in both car and bike lanes.

The UK-based EAV specializes in making micro-mobility cargo delivery units. This includes the EAV 2cubed, a last-mile electric cargo delivery vehicle that also serves as the base for the new EAV Taxi. Like the EAV 2cubed, the EAV Taxi has a Cloudframe chassis with a front cab and a rear “pod” for seating passengers.

According to EAV founder/CEO Adam Barmby, the EAV Taxi could help solve efficiency issues related to electric vehicles, as well traffic congestion and emissions: “[The current electric vehicles] are large and heavy and a lot of energy is simply wasted just moving their own weight around. We looked closely at both taxis and private hire vehicles in urban environments and immediately saw we could be more efficient, cleaner, healthier, and just as comfortable at a much lower cost.”

The EAV unit is 90% lighter than a hybrid or electric vehicle and features a roof-topped opaque solar panel unit. Replacing a hybrid car with an EAV Taxi could prevent about 10.14 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, according to EAV.

Temporarily named EAVGo!, the first prototype was being built in Nov., and delivery is expected in the spring. It has a gross vehicle mass of about 837.8 pounds and is about 9 feet long, 3.4 feet wide, and 6.4 feet tall. It’ll have a range between 18 to 60 miles depending on the battery onboard, and clocks in at 15.5 miles-per-hour.

The vehicle can carry up to two people in the suspension-equipped rear passenger area, which is lined with memory foam seats and cushions. The passenger cabin has a ramp for wheelchair accessibility, and the interior can be temperature adjusted to create a more comfortable traveling experience. There’s also a screen that displays ride information and a luggage storage compartment under the seats.

Source: Business Insider