Electrified TX London Taxi Cab Debuts With 70 Mile EV Range

Just as the London Taxi Company transformed officially into the London EV Company (LEVC), the new electric TX cab has also been unveiled, with order books scheduled to open on August 1st.

Due to launch next year, the cab is powered by its eCity technology, which consists of an advanced battery electric powertrain with a small petrol generator. LEVC says it will do 400 miles (643 km) total, including 70 miles (112 km) with zero emissions.

The combined range of over 400 miles means that a driver could take passengers from London to Edinburgh or Paris without needing to stop for fuel.

“Today is an incredibly exciting day for the company, for the world’s cities, for the air we breathe and for the drivers of commercial vehicles. The launch of LEVC marks Britain’s leadership as a first mover in creating the world’s only dedicated electric vehicle company for the urban commercial market,” stated LEVC CEO, Chris Gubbey.

Among the cab’s features, we count the instantly recognizable rectangular grille and circular headlights, daytime running lights, mobile charging points, Wi-Fi and rear-hinged passenger door with 90° opening. Also, accessibility features include induction loops for hearing aids and contrasting grab handles and seat edges for the partially sighted.

Alongside the new London Taxi, dubbed ‘TX’, the company also unveiled its new name and brand logo, following an investment totaling £325 million.

“From our heritage as the manufacturer of the iconic London Taxi, we have unparalleled insight into the needs of commercial operators. Drawing on the best of British design and engineering as well as technical expertise from our sister company Volvo, our products will help transform city living and provide taxi drivers with an average weekly fuel saving of £100 compared with our outgoing diesel model,” added Gubbey.

LEVC has already received its first major international order of 225 units from the Netherlands, scheduled to be delivered in 2018.

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  • Jay

    70 mile ev range.. thats it..

    • so, it´s electric or hybrid?

      • Evo45

        Sounds like hybrid, but I’m not sure.

        • Six Thousand Times

          It’s a little like a Chevy Volt. The petrol engine acts like a generator.

          • Benjamin B.

            I always thought the Volt’s engine was too big for what it is. It’s 1.5 liters. It’s a generator. It doesn’t even have to be 1 liter.

          • Six Thousand Times

            I agree. Could’ve gone with Opel’s triple. Most likely it was all about economies of scale with the 1.5.

          • Gnoxy

            You underestimate just how shitting gas engines are. The i3 had a smaller engine and it could not generate the electricity to run the car above 35mph when it was being used.

  • Bash

    70! is it an RC car? lool

  • Miknik

    Most of the interior bits and pieces seem to be form new Volvos, as is the steering wheel, though in some plastic “no bling” version….

    • ScubaScuba

      lololol yes all volvos! Geely is clearly sharing components between Volvo, London Taxi, Lynk & Co

  • Six_Tymes

    70 miles range! BAHAHAHAHA.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Electric only. 400 total.

  • salamOOn

    for a taxi…. that’s pathetic 😀

  • Mark Collison

    Omg i just sat into a volvo!

  • fabri99

    It is 55 miles from Gatwick Airport to London Bridge. How is a 70 mile range ok for a london cab!?

    • Vassilis

      That’s electric range. Full range is 400 miles.

      • fabri99

        Well, ok. How did I even miss that?

        • Vassilis

          You probably didn’t read the article which is completely understandable 😀

          • fabri99

            Let’s just say I…rapidly went through it. Too rapidly, apparently.

      • gary4205

        So basically the “zero emissions ” selling point is total nonsense.

        • Vassilis

          In a way. Still though 70 miles is something.

  • Vassilis

    Cool. Love the Volvo bits inside. I hope it has an acceptable form of rear suspension though.

  • EddyCj

    I know that Geely is owning Volvo, but still that steering wheel tho…

    • haudit

      Well, I’d rather have current Volvo components littering the interior than an assortment of parts lifted from various cars produced in the UK over the years.

  • Benjamin B.

    So will the Dutch models be made in Left Hand Drive? Also, I’m all for global capitalism and free trade, but I just can’t get use to London Black Taxicabs in other countries. Next China will buy the rights of the old Crown Vics from Ford, electrify the chassis, and build them in China for Asian markets.

  • gary4205

    What a scam.

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