19.10.2017New electric black cab starts London trials
The new range-extended electric black cab has entered its final testing phase, with the LEVC TX eCity hitting the streets of London for its most punishing trials.
Six of the next-generation black cab are being tested by real London cabbies, and will collect data such as the emissions savings being made compared to older models, and the performance of the charge point infrastructure.
All of this is in readiness for the TX eCity's launch later this year, before the January 2018 deadline for a strict new set of rules regarding the emissions output of taxis registered for the first time.
The TX eCity comfortably undercuts the forthcoming limits, which state that newly registered taxis in London from the beginning of 2018 must emit no more than 50 g/km CO2 and be able to travel at least 30 miles on electric power alone. LEVC's new model is able to comfortably cover more than 70 miles with zero-tailpipe emissions according to initial specifications - and more than 400 miles combined.
Chris Gubbey, CEO of LEVC, said: "We are incredibly excited to deliver our six 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."