London Electric Running On The Goodwood Hill Climb This Week

Following an extensive testing program that has seen prototypes cover a combined 1 million miles (1.6 million km), London Taxi Company (LTC) will debut their new electric taxi at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The vehicle will tackle the famous Hill Climb in front of an estimated audience of some 200,000 visitors, in a class that showcases the latest prototypes and concept cars from automakers around the world.

Grabbing the wheel in the new electric cab will be 17-year old Katie Milner, who is known for being the fastest woman in the Ginetta championship. Her run will mark the world dynamic debut of the vehicle, the first taxi ever on the Goodwood Hill Climb, and the youngest female driver to take part in the event.

Besides putting it through its paces, LTC will also have it on display, at the FoS Michelin Supercar Paddock, where it will share the same space with some of the hottest vehicles on the planet.

Designed to meet the requirements of drivers and climates of cities around the world, the London electric taxi, which will go on sale later this year, uses an electric motor that is backed up by a range extender.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops and The London Taxi Company

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  • Bash

    interesting that its being designed and tested meet the requirements of drivers and climates of cities around the world, yet its being used only in UK. I respect that.

    • fabri99

      I noticed the same thing. My bet is that they are expecting to sell these in India as well (current gen. london cabs are quite common there).

      • Bash

        That is probably right, thanks man

      • Matt

        I think it’s more to do with the fact that regardless of where the vehicle will be sold, it needs to be able to operate reliabably in all extremes.

        For example, by doing durability testing in Death Valley, it ensures that features like the air conditioning will work fine even during a London heat wave.

        • fabri99

          “heat wave”… I’ve been to London during a heat wave, and trust me, it is no heat wave. Anyway, I get your point, it is very likely that.

  • Benjamin B.

    It’s faster than the normally diesel-powered appliances most of them are. The London taxicab isn’t known for speed.

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