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MV-1 CNG - half Hummer, half London taxi
The car was developed and until recently had been produced by VPG – the Vehicle Production Group. Technically however, it has always been assembled by AM General at the same Indiana plant where the Hummer used to be made. Now that VPG has been purchased by AM General, the production will be entirely overseen by the latter company.
The deal was finalised in early September, 2013, and a new entity – Mobility Ventures LLC – was founded to acquire and utilise the assets of VPG. Manufacture and sales of the MV-1 was expected at the time to resume within approx. 45 days, which should be around now. Sales will also restart shortly.
The MV-1 CNG is the only American vehicle purpose-built to become a taxi, particularly one to well suit the needs of disabled passengers, featuring a wheelchair entering platform and sufficient space inside. The natural gas fuel system is an optional feature designed to cut running costs and emissions and comes with tanks big enough to provide 290 miles/465 km of range without refueling.