LONDON’S coolest cab has been revealed – and it’s helping Brits fight off the sweltering heat.
The ‘Cool Cab’ is a Hackney Carriage converted into a freezer on wheels, using dry ice to keep the interior chilled for passengers.
It has a number of features designed to keep riders cool, including a freezer stocked with ice lollies and a state-of-the-art air conditioning system.
The latest heatwave has seen temperatures in London rise to 25 degrees, with predictions of more than 30 degrees this weekend.
A spokesperson for Andrews Air Conditioning, which commissioned the creation of the ‘Cool Cab’, said: “This week has been a scorcher in the UK, and Brits are feeling the heat.
“For commuters there is nothing worse on a hot day than getting into a stuffy taxi, so we wanted to help combat this experience with our own ‘Cool Cab’.
“London commuters are all too familiar with the experience of the Underground in the summer, with the skyrocketing heat and packed carriages. The ‘Cool Cab’ is the cure for this.”
‘Cool Cab’ driver Tony, who has driven a cab for 11 years, said: “I’ve done 10 London summers in the cab and I know now you need some decent air conditioning. It would be impossible to work without it.
“You need to keep cool and stay hydrated, and sometimes in a typical cab this is tough to keep in top of.
“Driving a cab can feel like an endurance, so you have to take care of yourself when the weather gets more extreme.”
Passengers across central London waved down the taxi from afar, only to be greeted with the unique refrigerated vehicle.
One fare Steve O’Dare from Lincolnshire said: “This is easily the coolest ride I’ve ever had.
“It’s such good fun, and when you get in it’s a different world, and I think it’s a great concept.
“I think, give it another couple of weeks, and we’ll be having an amazing summer. The heat will be rolling in.”
Elizabeth Ann Iliffe, who was visiting from the South East, said: “It’s amazing. It feels just like a scene from Frozen.
“It’s was nice to step in just for a few minutes to have a break from the heat and cool off.”
The ‘Cool Cab’ is currently running for a limited time, but has proved popular with passengers and could be considered for full-time operation across the summer months in the future.