Coventry is to become the epicentre of the taxi world after it was announced the MetroCab will also be produced in the city.
The Zero Emission Electric Taxi will roll off at the production line at a new CAD CAM Automotive(CCA) factory to be built somewhere in the city.
It means the MetroCab will join the London Electric Vehicle Company’s TXe London taxi, which is being made in Ansty, with both zero-emissions taxis competing to be the cab driver’s vehicle of choice in London and around the world.
The MetroCab will be built at a new factory on the back of a £100m investment from CCA’s Chinese owners Red Sun Group.
CCA, which was founded in 1999, currently employs 220 staff at its Holbrooks Lane plant. The new complex will be developed at a different site in the city.
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As well as producing the MetroCab on the Ecotive Vehicle Platform, Red Sun Group’s investment also represents a vote of confidence in the specialised work CCA does for growing Coventry car maker Jaguar Land Rover.
It provides lightweight aluminium bodyshells for Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicles Operations based in Ryton-on-Dunsmore.
The Ecotive Vehicle Platform on which the MetroCab is based is produced by Surrey-based firm Ecotive Limited.
Yang Shou Hai, president of Red Sun Group, said: “I have always been driven by applying new technologies to provide better products and reduce the impact on our environment.
“This is another strong step in Red Sun’s stated ambition to becoming China and the world’s pioneer in new technology, independent innovation and industrial models.
“This investment opportunity brings together highly skilled workers, and the application of market-leading technologies to provide highly efficient commercial vehicles with vastly reduced harmful exhausts.”
Although no mention has as yet been made of job creation, Red Sun Group’s continued investment in CCA suggests it is confident of sustained growth.
“We are very excited at the longer-term prospects this technology and plant can deliver,” Yang Shou Hai added.
“This investment, on top of the £300m already announced, will lead to the production of billions of pounds worth of cars and commercial vehicles in the years to come.”
“We look forward to working closely with both Red Sun Group and CCA as we head towards production of our revolutionary cab.”
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