LEVC TX Electric Taxi Arrive On London’s Roads Today For The Final Tests – Videos
The range-extended TX taxi has entered the final phase of its tests on the streets of London, just ahead of the January 2018 deadline for all newly licensed taxis to be zero emission capable.
Overall we feel the design looks fairly iconic, and reminds us of the old black cabs; but in this case also offers way better comfort, space, fuel economy and of course lower emissions.
Below videos: Enjoy a ton of video media on the TX
According to the London Electric Vehicle Company, the all-electric range of TX PHEV (using an undisclosed battery pack capacity) is up to 70 miles (112 km), a hefty number for a plug-in hybrid of its size.
The price, or perhaps rather the total costs for operators, is promised to be affordable, but the £55,599 pricetag (roughly $73,600) OTR (on the road) is a lot no matter how you slice it.
“New features include six seats, contactless card machines, onboard wi-fi, laptop and USB charging, a panoramic roof, and an aluminum body that is stronger and will better protect the passenger. In addition, London’s passengers should expect an unrivalled ride quality, class leading wheelchair accessibility, air-conditioning, phone charging and a much more spacious cabin.
The black cab trade has a global reputation for safety and this remains top of the agenda. World class active and passive safety systems will help to protect both the vehicle and other road users. These include forward collision warnings, autonomous emergency breaking and emergency brake assistance. All of which will act to reinforce the black cab trade’s global reputation for safety.
LEVC is working with drivers and other organisations to ensure that TX drivers will be the world’s most connected cabbies. The new vehicle includes an on-board sat-nav to help drivers identify congestion and plan alternative routes, access to online charge-point maps and hailing apps for taking bookings.”
Chris Gubbey, CEO of the LEVC, said:
“We are incredibly excited to deliver our 6 test vehicles to the streets of London today. Made in the UK, this is set to be the best taxi in the world for the best taxi service in the world.”
“We will now be able to accurately quantify the significant improvements these vehicles will make to London’s air quality which will benefit all Londoners regardless of whether you use taxis or not. For those that do, the experience will be transformational.”
And now…the videos! Enjoy!