The London Taxi Company Presents Its Vision Of The Future London Taxi

JAN 30 2014 BY MARK KANE 3

The London Taxi Company, which is part of global automotive group Geely Automobile Holdings and retails its Euro 5-compliant TX4 across the UK, recently presented its vision of the future London Taxi.

This one is a plug-in range-extended electric Black Cab in proper British style.

Vice-President of London Taxi Company’s UK Operations, Peter Johansen stated:

“Given Geely’s green credentials and their commitment to invest £200m in green taxi technology over the next 5 years, coupled with our own extensive experience and enviable heritage, we feel comfortable that we will provide London with an environmentally-sound Black Cab, which can meet the future air quality demands of our capital city, whilst also delivering a vehicle which is recognised by the general public as a taxi.“

“Geely’s investment has allowed us to do what we do best; create purpose-built vehicles.  It’s not a van conversion; it’s designed from the ground up to be a London Taxi and will be robust and durable in order to survive the demanding taxi duty cycle.”

“It responds to Mayor Boris Johnson’s vision for improving London’s air quality and the future global environmental challenges. It also delivers against the needs and expectation of the taxi trade and is an evolution of the iconic, instantly recognisable London Taxi that is loved, admired and respected the world over.”

“Geely’s investment means that we have the funds and the capabilities required to further improve the
eco-credentials of our existing vehicle. It also means that we will be able to fulfil our aspiration to relocate from our Coventry factory to another UK production facility, invest in state-of-the art tooling and further bolster the domestic manufacturing industry and economy through recruitment and global export opportunities.”

For now, only some of the specifications and features were released:

  • No compromise, zero-emissions capable London Taxi
  • Purpose-built to be a taxi (eg not a car/van conversion)
  • A European Whole Vehicle Type Approved Black Cab which meets London Conditions of Fitness
  • Front-wheel steer 25ft turning circle
  • Fully accessible including front-facing wheelchair seating position
  • New lightweight body structure
  • Exceptional fuel economy
  • Lower overall cost of ownership
  • Outstanding driver comfort and ergonomics
  • Six passenger seats in rear
  • Advanced technological driver and passenger features
  • Evolution of the iconic London Taxi shape
  • NCAP 5 Safety-rated

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Euro “NCAP 5 Safety-rated”? I didn’t know they had these already… Though I have to say that it looks great, but I was almost mistaken it for a Mini Countryman.

It does look like a fat mini… 😉

At least, it looks way better than the Nissan minivan.