New electric taxi takes to the streets of London
06 December 2017
The London Electric Vehicle Company's (LEVC) all-new electric TX taxi is now fully certified to carry fare-paying passengers ahead of Transport for London's (TfL) January 2018 deadline, when all newly licensed taxis need to be zero emission capable.
The new TX includes space for six, wheelchair accessibility, air-conditioning, phone charging, wide-opening rear hinged doors, power sockets for laptops, on-board Wi-Fi, contactless card machines and an expansive panoramic roof.
LEVC CEO Chris Gubbeysaid: "After extensive testing, LEVC's new taxi is ready to do the job it was made for: transport people around this great city of London safely, cleanly and stylishly. Better for passengers, more cost effective for drivers, it will play a major role in helping to improve air quality, benefiting all Londoners. I am immensely proud of the work we have carried out so far: we have produced a new icon, the world's most advanced electric taxi."
Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, said: "These new electric taxis are at the forefront of green transport technology and will play a transformational role in the Mayor's plan to phase out diesel and clean up the transport network. This will help to accelerate improvements to London's toxic air.
"It's great to have the first electric taxis on London's streets and a testament to London's leadership and that of LEVC. I look forward to seeing many more taxis on London's street in the coming months".
The landmark moment was celebrated at Circus West Village, the first phase of the Battersea Power Station regeneration, which is now open. The entire site is scheduled to be future-proofed for the mass adoption of electric vehicles, with infrastructure for almost 1,000 electric charging points planned. The first 57 charging points are now available for use and the surrounding area is due to be transformed into a community of homes, shops, offices, restaurants and public space.
All LEVC products use the company's eCity technology comprising an advanced battery electric powertrain with a small back-up petrol generator. Applied to the all-new electric TX, the technology allows for a range of up to 400 miles, including 80 miles of pure electric.
In addition, an in-built air quality sensor also automatically closes the external air intake if it detects increased levels of pollution in the outside air - protecting passengers and the driver from pollution in the capital.
Carl-Peter Forster, chairman of the LEVC, said:"There have been many milestones on this journey, from opening a brand-new factory in the heart of the UK - the first brand new automotive manufacturing facility in Britain for over a decade, the first dedicated electric vehicle factory in the UK - to today's announcement that our new TX has passed all certification tests and is now able to carry fare-paying passengers. "It will save drivers money, bring new levels of comfort and convenience to those who hail one and provide the safest and cleanest way of getting around a city by taxi. And this is just the start. We will deliver new TX models in Europe later in 2018 - and across the world. Our goal is to be the global, automotive leader in urban commercial vehicles. We are well on our way to achieving that."