First London Electric Black Cab Delivered To Driver

MAR 3 2018 BY DOMINIK WILDE 25

It’ll save the new owner a fortune every month in diesel bills.

There might have been a few issues with the route to delivery, but the very first EREV, zero-emission capable London taxi has been delivered to a customer. It can travel up to 80 miles on electricity alone, before its gas engine kicks in, extending range an additional 400 miles.

Cab driver David Harris of Chingford in north-east London was one of the first to put a deposit down for the new TX eCity taxi when order books opened last summer, and now he’s got his hands on his new office.

The former professional tennis player has been a cabbie for over 20 years now, and was thrilled to be one of the first to get his hands on the futuristic new taxi – he revealed that despite the car’s overall higher list price, it’ll end up saving him a lot of money.

‘I’m absolutely delighted to get the keys to my new TX electric taxi and there are two reasons I bought the cab. First, I can’t wait to see the response from passengers, I know that they’re going to love it. And second, I’m going to see some a significant savings on running the electric taxi,’ he said.

‘Even though I can’t charge the vehicle at home, I should be able to charge the cab once a day at Heathrow. Combined with lower servicing and overall running costs, this means I should end up £500-£600 a month better off before I even go out to work.’

The TX eCity taxi is said to be the most world’s most advanced and the world’s cleanest taxi ever. Its maker, LEVC, says the car can carry passengers in comfort with technology at their fingertips thanks to power sockets for laptops and phone chargers, on-board wifi, and contactless card machines.

There’s also an expansive panoramic roof, wide-opening rear-hinged doors and a more spacious cabin which gives the car class-leading wheelchair accessibility, and unrivaled ride comfort thanks to air conditioning and a spacious six-seat cabin. The new taxi also has a whole host of safety features, including forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking and emergency brake assistance.

However, the impressive new hackney carriage hasn’t come without its fair share of criticism – a hefty £55,599 pricetag means it’s about £12,000 more than the diesel version it replaces, and changes to the tax system means that those who have got their names down first for the new cab will have to put another £1,550 aside for vehicle excise duty.

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an_outsider

Fully charged posted about it on their YT channel, interesting EV-RE (à la Volt) new cab, with uncommon turning radius too.

https://youtu.be/qOxnJQP2_0E

an_outsider

@2:30 video shows Mennekes (type 2) + CCS combo 2 nad @2:36 CHAdeMo plug!!

an_outsider

Maybe I should have said “à la I3-Rex” : RWD, suicide doors and serial hybrid type range extender. 🙂

mx

We need more reviews of this taxi.
Fully Charged doesn’t actually do good driving reviews.
Hows the ride?

Ashley

It’s possiblecto order the TX with CCS or CHAdeMO. Obviously CCS will be the default for U.K.

offib

Please mention that most cabs are rented until fully paid (not like leasing), where instead of the 50 grand price, the T5 has a monthly fee more identical to the T4’s

jm

Make it LHD, bring it to the US and call it the revised Checker Marathon.

mx

Amen.
It should be in every major city in the world. Taxi pollution is amazingly high.

Dav8or

Most places in America, cab driving as a profession is dying. Uber, Lyft and by extension those that patronize them, have mortally wounded the “cab driver” and the “cab company”. There is no market here for these cars. I think only in London as the cabbies are a protected species there I believe.

ziv

I think you still have to buy a medallion in New York City, but I am not sure how Uber is impacting taxis there.

mx

Since Uber is a ripoff to drivers, I wouldn’t mind seeing an Uber tax.

mx

An Uber tax to operate in your city or state.

mx

Or, the city mandate that Uber ONLY Operate Hybrids or Electrics or cannot operate.

wavelet

You might want to update the article to note that the TX eCity is a EREV, not a BEV. Electric range is ~80mi (not sure under what test cycle), so even with fast charging many of those will still consume some petrol given typical taxicab mileage.

Steven Loveday

Done. Thank you.

DJ

How is charging at Heathrow once a day going to save him 500-600 quid a month???? I know UKngas prices are higher than they are here but they aren’t that high!!!

jimjfox

4 question marks + 3 exclamation points DO NOT a valid argument make…

Martin Winlow

On average, it’s (peteol) about twice the price (of US) ~£1.20/litre. Crazy that he can’t charge at home. I syspect he might be disaointed at savings – especially if he has to pay for his chaege at LHR. Mosr English rapids cost £5/session for about 30-40kWh…

Martin Winlow

(Sorry – didn’t proof-read before posting! I’m self-flagellating as I type)

Paul de Wit

You made up for it with the difficult word!

ItsNotAboutTheMoney

His fuel cost will be 1 charge session + gasoline use.

Currently about $6.50 per gallon of diesel.
Fuel economy for taxis isn’t great. One London cab company’s data says 16.5mpg.

London cab miles around 80 per day. If he’s doing Heathrow runs his might be higher, but would have better economy.

So, let’s just us 82.5 miles = 16.5mpg x 5 gal. If he were only working 20 days per month (probably more) it’d cost only working So that’d be $32.50 per day and $650/month.

So, depending on charging costs, miles driven
and fuel economy I can see how he could save that much and be able to pay the difference.

jimjfox

WHY don’t you look it up before putting your foot in your mouth?
“Over the past 2½ years diesel prices in the States are on average 54% lower than they are in the UK and petrol prices are on average 43% lower in the US.
The reason it is so much cheaper to fill up in the States is they pay less than a ¼ of the tax we pay on our fuel.”

https://quotingbusiness.co.uk/blog/diesel-petrol-prices-uk-vs-usa/

mx
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Mick Dann

Funny how “changes to the tax system” are being used as criticism of the vehicle, those tax changes apply to all vehicles with a list price of over £40,000.
Also, the higher list price will be offset many times over by the savings on fuel costs, especially with the mileage it will be doing. Higher list price is the norm for BEV’s, PHEV. etc, so why make a point of it on this website?

Mick Dann

UPDATE: The £1,550 “luxury car” tax has been waived on these vehicles now:
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/06/london-black-cabs-hail-treasury-for-scrapping-car-tax