The iconic London Taxi switches over to electric as the LEVC (London EV Company) unveils their new electric TX – claimed to be the world’s cleanest, most advanced taxi ever.
The electric TX gets a range of up to 400 miles (brochure mentions 377 miles), thanks to its Volvo-sourced range extender petrol engine – speaking of which, the 1,477 cc 3-cylinder turbo petrol makes 82 PS and 255 Nm of torque.
The pure electric range is claimed at 80 miles, delivered by a rear electric motor which makes 110 kW / 150 PS and 250 Nm of torque. As for the battery, the 31 kWh lithium-ion pack is supplied by LG Chem. There is a 22 kW AC fast charging capability and regenerative braking as well.
LEVC says, the electric TX will save the cab drivers £100 per week in fuel costs.
Features include automatic headlamp level adjustment, 9-inch touchscreen, on-board Wi-Fi, a Swivel seat to help passengers with severe mobility challenges, panoramic glass roof and more. Safety kit includes several airbags, forward collision warnings, autonomous emergency braking and few more.
Chris Gubbey, CEO, LEVC, said: “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.”
The electric TX is available in Vista, Vista Comfort and Vista Comfort Plus trims. The base Vista is priced at £55,599 OTR. There are several options as well.
LEVC, formerly known as The London Taxi Company, is owned by China’s Geely. The parent company has made an investment totalling £325 m for the project.