London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) has announced it will launch the TX eCity in Paris, France, in 2019.
The exact date will be announced at a later time, after the negotiations between LEVC and the favored importer conclude, but it’s scheduled for the first half of next year.
Nonetheless, that’s expected to be mere routine, as the TX eCity has already been approved by local authorities to be used throughout the city as a working taxi. The vehicle is expected to contribute to Paris’ air quality, which will join other European cities such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg and Oslo with green taxis on their streets.
“Given the air pollution difficulties facing French cities, we are very much looking forward to giving both drivers and passengers new options in Paris following a very positive reception on the streets”, said LEVC’s CEO, Chris Gubbey. “This truly bolsters out European position and we look forward to serving the cities of France, alongside those in Norway, the Netherlands and Germany.
The TX eCity has an electric motor rated at 150 PS (148 hp / 110 kW) and 255 Nm (188 lb-ft) of torque. It’s powered by a 31 kWh Li-Ion battery, which allows it to travel for up to 128 km (80 miles) on electricity alone.
Acting as a range extender is a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol engine, which is connected to the battery and contributes to an overall range of up to 643 km (400 miles).
In the United Kingdom, the base TX eCity starts from £55,599 ($73,062/€63,608), with the plug-in taxi grant, which is a steep price for a cab. In its defense, though, it does come with a 9-inch infotainment system, Wi-Fi connectivity, panoramic glass roof, intercom and a host of driving assistance systems, including autonomous emergency braking.