A fleet of 50 cabs modeled after the iconic London black cab—but gold—hit Shanghai’s streets for the first time this past weekend in a flurry of shiny gold-ness.
Automaker Geely announced earlier this year that it would be rolling out a line of China-made TX4 taxis resembling the black cabs that famously roam London’s streets. In September, the carmaker revealed that the cabs would actually be painted gold as to “suit the city’s image better“.
Geely will deliver 200 of the cabs to Shanghai in total. Customers will be charged 19 yuan for the starting rate (compared to the standard 14-yuan flag-down rate of non-gold cabs) and charged 2.6 yuan for each kilometer after. Bookings will need to be made a day in advance.
The Shanghai Transport Commission is now trying to work on a new policy allowing disabled people to get a discount in the cabs. The cars are designed to be more convenient for the disabled and the elderly and feature free Wifi service and an air cleaner. La-dee-da.
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