Electric London Taxi Conducted Hot Weather Testing In Arizona

2 months ago by Inside EVs Staff 3

Electric Taxi Testing In Arizona

Your Arizonan taxi won’t go south of the border at this time of night.

You’d think the notoriously hellish Coventry ring road would be a stern enough test for a new car prototype, but taxi manufacturer LTC (aka London Taxi Company), which is based in the London, decided it needed to send its new electrified model all the way to Arizona this Summer for final proofing.

London Taxi TX was fully revealed in late July, and order books opened August 1st, 2017 (details)

The new TX5 uses a three-cylinder gasoline engine from Volvo to generate electricity, but should be capable of up to 70 miles (112 kilometers) on a charge from the plug.

The range extended TX black cab was offered for sale from £55,599 (roughly $72,000 USD) OTR (on the road) when it went on sale August 1st, 2017.

The Arizona program involved daily runs of 300 miles (483 km), three times the average mileage that a London taxi can expect to cover. The vehicles have already been put through the mill in the Arctic Circle, and the company aims to have each prototype cover more than 300,000 miles (482,800 km) of testing.

LTC CEO Chris Gubbey said:

“Since announcing this project we have had considerable interest not just from European cities but hot weather cities around the world. To convert this interest into sales we must prove the TX5 can perform as well in the 45°C heat of Dubai as it can in the sub-zero temperatures of the Arctic, and as it does in the changeable conditions of London.”

The new taxi comes fitted with a panoramic glass roof, which should allow fares a great view of the sights around London — less practical in the blazing sun of the Sonoran Desert, but the company has been keen to show that the TX5 can still cope with the air conditioning on full blast.

Electric Taxi Testing In Arizona

Meanwhile, efforts are underway to install a network of fast charging stations around central London ahead of the introduction of the new taxi in October, allowing cabbies to gain a few miles of range while they enjoy a bacon sandwich and a few minutes with a trashy red-top newspaper.

LTC’s head of quality, Dr Wolfram Liedtke, said: “In the next few weeks, our equipment testing will also take us to extremely humid environments, as well as some more mountainous terrain. This is all preparation for one of the most challenging environments for vehicles – everyday use on the streets of London.”

Inside the LEVC TX electric taxi

The electric model is a response to new regulations which come into force on 1 January 2018, which state that any new taxi being presented for approval by the government must be capable of 30 miles (48 km) of electric-only driving and emit less than 50 g/km CO2. If an internal combustion engine is used, then it has to run on gasoline fuel.

LEVC TX electric taxi

LTC has invested more than £300 million ($386M) in the new TX5, including a bespoke factory that has just been completed on the outskirts of Coventry that will also build a light van using the same underpinnings as the new black cab.

The company is owned by Chinese firm Geely, which hit the news recently for adding Proton and Lotus to its impressive stable of brands that already includes a number of homegrown manufacturers and Swedish car company Volvo.

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3 responses to "Electric London Taxi Conducted Hot Weather Testing In Arizona"

  1. john doe says:

    Hot weather testing, for a London taxi. . They must have plans to export this cab to other countries?

    If it was for London/England only they should work on waterproofing, dehumidifiers and maybe a snorkel. .
    I experience rain about 40-50% of the days I stay there.

    The glass roof must be nice. See all the places better.

    1. Tom says:

      In other words exactly like the article says.

      Also…love this dorky looking thing. Should make a great taxi.

  2. Ken_3 says:

    Anyplace else in the USA?
    I think I saw one painted white in St Louis today.

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