DELIVERING QUALITY, DEPENDABILITY AND DURABILITY

Delivering quality, dependability and durability

We’ve been designing and manufacturing purpose-built taxis for more than 70 years, which means we know better than anyone what it takes to build a vehicle capable of withstanding the demanding duty-cycle and regulatory Conditions of Fitness. Building a completely new vehicle, one with no carry-over parts, presents a new challenge; one which we haven’t underestimated and one which our highly-experienced engineering, quality and design teams meet head on every day.

We’ve invested heavily in people who share our commitment to delivering the very best purpose-built, electric taxi possible; which combines zero-emissions capability, cutting-edge design, and technology to meet the rigorous and varied demands of taxis around the world in all conditions.

In producing such a vehicle, we draw upon the skills and capabilities of an expert engineering team which possess over 500 combined years of experience in the automotive industry. Each member of the team has been exposed to, or worked closely with electric vehicles and their development, working at the forefront of this rapidly-developing technology.

Our engineers have demonstrated their ability to deliver large scale projects and initiatives from every discipline in the automotive industry. We benefit from their deep wealth of expertise from a wide range of different backgrounds; including development of light weight body structures, sports and supercars, electric vehicle powertrains, commercial vehicles, plant machinery… and even Formula 1.

As you might expect from so many years spent in leading automotive roles, our team have worked and delivered ground-breaking projects all over the world. This first-hand experience of different markets gives a great appreciation of the diverse local requirements and helps us to develop an electric taxi which can meet the needs of a global audience.

Meet the Engineering Experts

Here is an opportunity to meet just a few of the team responsible for delivering the electric taxi. Ian, Chris and Jim all bring to the project first-hand experience in building an electric vehicle:

Ian Collins – Technical Director

Ian is a Chartered Electrical Engineer with extensive experience in delivery of automotive systems to volume production. Following a 10 year period in electronics development at Rover Group, he joined McLaren Automotive where he was appointed Chief Electrical Engineer on the Mercedes SLR supercar programme. Ian’s role is to direct the design and development activities from initial concept through to series production and beyond, ensuring that the technical attributes and qualities of the finished product meet the needs and expectations of our customers.

“Key to our vision for the future is building a highly capable team equipped with the best tools and methods to develop highly competitive electric vehicles – vehicles which offer drivers cost effective solutions to the problem of achieving lower vehicle emissions, without increasing running costs. Through these efforts we can produce a new taxi which offers practicable durability with ergonomic interior refinements, and also helps improve the quality of urban life.”

Chris Hiett – Programme Director

Chris has over 37 years’ experience in the automotive, aerospace and rail industries with the majority of that being in the automotive sector. In his early career, Chris spent 7 years with Ford working in Light Truck Engineering, which was followed by 17 years at a leading automotive consultancy firm. As their Technical Director he had overall responsibility for development through to production of several projects including a Mazda sports car, a lightweight chassis for Jaguar and the Honda Civic estate car. He then joined global consultancy firm Arup, which involved delivery of two large aerospace projects. Chris is responsible for the overall Programme Management activities and bringing the latest industry standard, proven and robust Programme Management processes to the business.

“Developing the new electric taxi has been a project that has drawn the very best talent from across the automotive industry and beyond. The team we have put together on this project has managed to combine an iconic design with ground breaking technology. We are now in the position to bring to market a commercially attractive electric vehicle which is not only a purpose build taxi from the ground up, but a vehicle which offers the taxi driver the sort of running costs which simply cannot be achieved from a traditional diesel model. This technology will not only revolutionise the taxi industry but will also be utilised to form the basis of a variety of other commercial vehicles.”

Jim Hadden – Operations Director

Jim has held a series of project management and business leadership roles in the automotive and construction industries in a career spanning over 25 years. Most recently, he was Regional Director for an international construction and programme management company based in London. Previously he has worked as Programmes Director for a leading supplier of automotive design and engineering services, overseeing development activities for several vehicles, principally for Ford, Land Rover, Bentley, Daewoo and Mazda.

“We have created a manufacturing facility which is truly world class. It’s the only automotive manufacturing facility in the UK which is purely dedicated to electric vehicles and the first car plant built in the UK for over a decade. Most of all however, the vehicles that we produce here will be subject to the highest standards of quality, consistency and efficiency which is all achieved through utilising highly advanced composite materials and state of the art manufacturing processes. This is not only set to be our best taxi ever, but sets the benchmark for electric vehicle manufacturing across the automotive industry.”

Nurturing Talent

Because we value quality so highly, we’re proud and excited to play a role in nurturing the next generation of engineers. We’ve invested heavily in our development programmes, and we are the first automotive manufacturer to comply with the highest Apprenticeship Standards set by the Institute of the Motor Industry.

Our 22 apprentices and graduates work alongside hi-tech robotics and multi-million-pound machines, all operating in perfect synchronisation. This helps us ensure that the future technicians who will build the new electric taxi possess the required level of competence, formal qualifications and skills; but also, a complete understanding, appreciation and adherence to our stringent quality assurance methods.

By ensuring recruits follow our business processes, and training them to understand, master and continuously improve them, we can build a more sustainable business for the future, while supporting the best young people in their transition from education into a successful career.

Our mix of high-level expertise in the field of vehicle engineering, supported by the brightest young talent and the latest innovations in production processes, will help us launch an electric vehicle which revolutionises the taxi industry; setting a new benchmark with the world’s first purpose-built, zero-emissions capable electric taxi that will improve passenger experience, help to eliminate emissions from our city centres, and bring down running cost for drivers and commercial operators.

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david harvey

After receiving free tickets from LTC for the motor show me and my partner took time off work to visit the show thinking LTC would be Showing the new electric taxi which is due in September at their showroom in Brewery Road. Wow what a waste of time, all they had was a soap box display and an limited edition diesel tx4 with a number plate saying Goodbye!! , which I saw in Brewery Road when I picked the tickets up???What a let down as this was the only reason for our visit to get a look at the new vehicle, shame they couldn’t put a new electric cab on display and show us cabbies what the future looks like. Disappointed david harvey

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LTC

Hi David, thank you for your interest in the all new electric taxi. We’re sorry to hear about your disappointment. All independent press coverage and our owned media stated that our participation at the show was to offer the general public the opportunity to bid farewell to the TX4, which is why the Limited Edition TX4 was on display. Our Customer Relations team at Brewery Road will be happy to contact you personally closer to launch when more information regarding the new electric taxi is available.

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Gregor Robertson

Congratulations All! Be creative but cautious. And please – think about the repairers. Bad construction is hard for young mechanics and just bloody annoying for older experienced repairers. Spending good time of your life trying to fix inaccessible components is a waste of talent, skill and customer’s money.

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Michael

If it’s the best taxi ever can we expect more that 2 year guarantee showing your confidence

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LTC

Hi Michael, We understand that peace of mind in ownership is important so our new warranty aims to deliver an enjoyable, worry-free experience. Our best ever taxi will naturally come with our most comprehensive warranty ever. Full details will be released closer to launch, please stay subscribed to our email updates as these will be the place we first notify anything new about the vehicle. Thank you for your interest.

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Peter Kwasi Hayford Adu

Will there be a ⛽ petrol hybrid 🚖 taxi.
Will i be able to buy one as my first car for everyday use please as that would pretty 😎 cool. The designs i have seen are elegant. Would be a pleasure.

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LTC

Hi Peter, Thanks for your comments. Our new taxi is a zero-emission plug-in electric vehicle which is supported by an efficient petrol-powered range-extender. If you have an interest in purchasing a vehicle for private use a member of our Sales team will be happy to contact you.

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Zag

I still don’t understand why in the UK we seem so far behind the Americans when it comes to electric vehicle technology. There are compelling 200 mile+ pure electric cars on the road today, but the future if taxi’s still appears to include an ICE engine. I just don’t see the point even with some kind of step technology, especially if you built this from the ground up. Choose a skateboard design, load it up with batteries and ditch the yesteryear technology. I heard recently that Volvo were not going to produce any more diesel engines in the future after the current generation. The future is pure electric in my humble opinion and we should be aiming for that and that only.

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Martin Biggins

As the “TX5” is to be a hybrid model (I appreciate you are not the licensing authority in London or anywhere else) why would there need to be any form of age limit in place in London as emission concerns would no longer be applicable. Plus any future purpose built taxis (or conversions like the MercedesVito) would be even more environmentally friendly than this one, so what gives?

Other drivers have covered many other areas but one of mine is…. In the driver’s compartment, which should be the prime consideration in this taxi for space, comfort and ergonomics for obvious reasons. I would like to see a partition section separating the drivers area and the luggage compartment, something reminiscent of the older style Metrocab. Apart from stopping any luggage falling over into the driving area, which can and does happen on the odd occasion, it will stop anyone from attempting to steal the driver’s money bag or other possible belongings when customers are either paying the fare from the nearside window or maybe asking a (doubtful) question. This would hide what’s behind it plus it would be as near as impossible to get one’s arm over it and then down the other side unless they had super powers like the elastic character in “The Fantastic Four”.

Many years ago this unfortunately happened to me in my “Fairway Driver” and when I lowered the window to reply to a (bogus) question the creature put his (its) arm across the luggage section extremely quickly (“it” had obviously done this before) grabbed my cash from the central section where the auto control is and ran off (unsurprisingly at speed) and I lost over £100. With a form of semi high central partition insitu it would make that situation, near dammit, an impossibility. This lack of a partition is the same with all of the versions of the TX series that followed on from the FX4 variants. This should considered and be fitted onto the TX5 and any of its future and subsequent successors. I might add I have since that far off day made sure that my nearside window only comes down half way now.

Also an alarm should be standard equipment. Given the price of the present TX4 it is a disgrace that an alarm is even considered to be an “extra” and that if one wants one it is fitted at the dealer and not even when it’s being built at the factory, it should be a standard end of. Cars far, far cheaper than taxis have had them fitted insitu at the factory for years so why not a £45K plus TX4 let alone a probable circa £48 / £50K TX5 unless it is to be fitted as standard and we don’t know about it yet. There are other questions I have but no doubt other drivers will have their input including questions that I would have asked. Plus it would make this “leave a comment” section from me very long one indeed. I look forward to your reply, thank you.

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LTC

Hi, TFL dictates the age limit based on a number of factors, all of which ensure the vehicle is safe for operation and capable of performing its duties. For further information please see https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-releases/2015/october/mayor-and-tfl-finalise-ulez-requirements-for-taxi-and-minicab-trades – the section ‘Effective and Sustainable’ sheds more light on this topic. The driver compartment in new taxi is one of our biggest priorities – it has undergone extensive testing and has been totally designed around driver comfort, space and ergonomics, and most importantly it has been designed around our drivers input. As you have also mentioned, vehicle safety is imperative, which is why the new taxi does feature a factory fitted alarm. Hopefully you found this information useful, please stay tuned for more updates and related articles.

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LTC

Hi Jose, Yes we will be launching the taxi in to continental Europe in January 2018 and a left hand drive version will be available from then.
If you have any other questions regarding the new taxi you can email us at: theelectrictaxi@london-taxis.co.uk

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Mark

Hi will the new taxi still have the swivel seat and wheelchair ramp built in ??

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LTC

Hi Mark, yes the new electric taxi will retain both unique features to support those with low mobility. Please stay subscribed to our messages to learn more about the clever folding mechanism which quickly transforms the integrated wheelchair ramp it into an access step.

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Martin Biggins

Firstly thanks for your reply. I presume that the factory fitted alarm would be a standard fitting and therefore included in the eventual price of the TX5 as opposed to an optional “extra”.

But what you haven’t answered is about my suggestion regarding a semi high central partition similar to the old style Metrocab. If one is accepting the fare or giving change through the nearside window (which happens quite a lot as its convenient) by default one has to lower the window which then gives the less salubrious in our society the opportunity to do what happened to me some years ago. Once again I look forward to your reply, thank you.

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LTC

Hi Martin, the new electric taxi does not feature a second partition. We appreciate your feedback it’s very important to us and we’ll use it to evaluate changes in the future. Please continue to share your thoughts with us.

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Martin Biggins

Dear Sir

I feel that you have misunderstood my question / suggestion. I’m not asking about having a “second partition” fitted. But where the central section is which divides the driver from the luggage space (and where the auto gear selector is) should be built higher than on past Carbodies / LTI / LTC models. As mentioned above something reminiscent of the older versions of the Metrocabs. This will keep driver’s valuables (money bags) safer from possible theft as explained on my previous communication.

Once again I look forward to your reply, thank you.

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LTC

Thank you for your valuable suggestion regarding the higher central section in the driver cabin. This is not part of the new TX eCity, however your comments will be considered during our ongoing vehicle development.

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