The black London cab is as quintessentially British (or London) as you can get, on a par with red buses and phone boxes, but it's had a makeover to bring it into the 21st century.
Before transport aficionados throw their arms up in horror, the makeover is more of an internal restructure than anything. In fact, the London black cab is going green and will harness the power of hybrid technology.
The new black TX5 cab was unveiled by the London Taxi Company on Wednesday, coinciding with the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to London -- as the company making the new black cab in the U.K. is Chinese.
The new TX5 will be a "plug-in, range extended, electric hybrid vehicle" which means, in laypersons terms, that the car should be able to travel for in excess of 30 miles entirely on battery power.