VOLKSWAGEN MILANO TAXI EV CONCEPT
Volkswagen took to the stage at the annual Hanover Trade Show in Germany with a fleet-oriented EV taxi concept car dubbed the Milano Taxi. Decked out in Italian-inspired green and black paint with a red and white stripe, the Milano Taxi offers a maximum speed of 74 mph and an impressive 186 mile range, which could make it a viable alternative to gas and diesel-powered taxis.
The small, purpose-built taxi is powered by a 113-horsepower electric motor hooked up to an underside-mounted5 kW lithium-ion battery. VW says that 80 percent of the battery can be juiced up with just an hour charge, making it easy to keep the Milano going throughout the day on longer drives.
The rear doors swing forward and out of the way for tight and congested areas like those of central Milan. Inside, a two-seat rear bench awaits, while luggage sits in front of the passengers and next to the driver in a space that would typically be occupied by a passenger seat.
An New York cab-style LCD screen affronts the passengers, allowing them to view the route the cab is following, while the driver has a similar screen used for various vehicle functions and navigation.
MERCEDES BENZ SHOOTING BREAK CONCEPT
As the original CLS invented the four-door coupe segment, the Shooting Break concept features a low-slung roofline with plenty of coupe-like design elements. A long hood adds to the Shooting Break’s sporty feel with frameless windows – a signature element of Mercedes-Benz coupes – adding to the concept’s overall sleek look. The Shooting Break concept also features full LED headlights, and a front fascia inspired by the SLS supercar.
The Shooting Break concept car is based on the great tradition of a stylish, cultivated sportiness which has always characterized the great Mercedes Coupés, and it takes this unique legacy an exciting step further
Like its sedan counterpart, the Shooting Break offers seating for four with a full-length console running down the center of the vehicle. The Shooting Break’s cabin in lined swaths of leather and wood accents, and even includes up-scale appointments such as the same deep-pile carpet used in Daimler’s Maybach vehicles.
Power for the Shooting Break is provided by a new direct-injection V6. Displacing 3.5L, the new V6 generates 306 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque. No performance figures were given, but the new engine should be able to back up the Shooting Break’s coupe-like body style.