No more jokes about Mexican Engineering. With no suitable automobile that could be modified to fit their plans, Arturo Millán Martínez, Eduardo González Morón y Juan Antonio Islas spent two weeks (WEEKS!) coming up with the future Mexico City taxicab. Within two years, Chapulines (“grasshoppers”) should be in production and on the streets.
With a tiny diesel engine that powers the battery system (designed to reduce energy consumption and emissions), the sub-compact sized Chapuline will seat four passengers, including those in wheelchairs and have room for luggage. With an on-board GPS system, generating an estimated time and distance readout, it’s going to be a bit harder for drivers to take the long-way ’round.
And, they’re so darn cute!
(Photo: El Universal)