Bizarre Electric Taxi Designed to Go Off Road

electric off road taxi image
All images via Tuvie

Over the last few years, there have been some pretty innovative re-imaginings of the taxi--but maybe none as strange as this. The "Taxius Animalus" is an all-electric taxi with a six-wheel track designed to navigate off road terrain--and it looks like a cross between a tank and a rickshaw. More pics and video of the bizarre vehicle after the jump.The concept is obviously in the very early design stages--but it's a damn compelling design nonetheless. According to Tuvie,

Usually, a taxi continuously runs 12 hours everyday, including the standing time when they wait for passengers, resulting huge wastage of fuel and harm to the environment. The Taxius is a small and light built taxi concept that uses electric power to transport people over different areas of busy cities or countryside towns.

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This taxi comprises an organic inspired sculpture which is simplified using tough fabric, strengthened chords and welded hollow tubes, forming a functional volume with great visibility.

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The diverse functionality of the taxi concept includes structural interior on an electric architecture, which runs on a six wheel track over diverse terrains and the visual aesthetic has been boost with transparent exterior skin with composite panels.

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And here's a video to help you get acquainted with the odd Taxius a bit better:

Taxius Animalus from francis gomes on Vimeo.

There are obviously a slew of practical questions that aren't taken into consideration: Where's the battery? What's the battery? How does it charge, and how long does it last? And so on. But it's still a strange, fun conceptualization of the taxi--and I for one would take an all-electric, off road ride on a taxi/mini-tank any day.

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