LEVC TX VISTA eCity

  • OTR £55,599
  • Including OLEV grant (Category 1)
  • Plug-in Petrol Hybrid, Taxi
  • 1477cc (1.5 litre), Automatic, 4 door
CO2
29 g/km
MPG
217 mpg equiv
NGC Rating
42
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LEVC TX review

NGC verdict 09.04.2018

Y'right guv'ner, where to? Nah, not goin' saaf th'river at this time a noit. Right; got that out of my system now, so thanks for bearing with me. Putting the stereotypical (and likely non-existent) London cabbie behind us, we can now get on with the business of looking at the new LEVC TX. It's a strange car to review, since I've not been in anything since a Rolls Royce that has such a dichotomous approach to its design brief. The driver is of vital importance, after all they will be spending long hours in the car working and driving. However, the passenger is of equally high importance, with space and comfort required to keep them happy. The list of unmovable items from the brief must have been an engineer's nightmare. But LEVC has prevailed and produced the TX - a range-extended plug-in hybrid that doesn't just move on from the old TX4, but takes such a leap forward that it's barely visible in the new model's rear view mirror.

The history

Before I hop behind the wheel though, a quick history lesson; pay attention those at the back. What is now LEVC - the London Electric Vehicle Company - has been known by many names in the past. Most recently it was The London Taxi Company (LTI Ltd), but LEVC is in a curious position of having a product known the world over, yet not being a big name in its own right. I struggle to think of a comparable situation barring another London icon - the Routemaster bus - and yet LEVC has not only brought out a new black cab, but it also has plans to both go global and expand its model line-up. Hence the decision to drop 'taxi' from the company name.

Review by Chris Lilly

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Fuel
Economy

Official MPG
217 mpg
1.3 litres/100km
Official test
Fuel only
37 mpg
7.7 litres/100km
Official test
Fuel only
26 Real mpg
10.9 litres/100km
Real-world

Vehicle
Emissions

Official CO2
29 g/km
Tailpipe only
Euro Std
6 euro
NOx:1 mg/km
PM:0 mg/km
NGC Ratings
47GHG
AQ35
0 least polluting

Vehicle
Taxation

First Year
£0 18/19
Reg from 01/04/18
Premium
£440 18/19
Reg from 01/04/18
BIK rate
13% 18/19
16% (2019/20)
5% (2020/21)

LEVC TX VISTA eCity key information

  • Practicality
    4 door, 7 seats
  • Motor Power
    1477cc + 110 kW (elec)
  • Transmission
    Automatic
  • Engine Power
    148 HP / 150 PS
  • Acceleration 0-60
    13.2 seconds
  • Top Speed
    80 mph / 129 kph
  • NCAP Safety Rating
  • Congestion Charge
    100% Discount ULED
  • Vehicle Inlets
  • Eligible for OLEV grant
    Yes
  • Official EV driving range
    84 miles
  • Rapid charging option
    Yes [DC]

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Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:10th Jul 2018

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