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.