RELIABILITY BEGINS AT HOME

When moving to the new electric taxi, the biggest change for most drivers will be the ability to re-fuel the vehicle at home with home charging. For those able to charge at home there is the option to install dedicated charging equipment – designed to reduce the amount of time required to top up your taxi’s battery.

There are grants available to help owners install these charge points at home, and to provide a hassle-free means of accessing this funding, we have partnered with the UK’s largest provider of homecharge units, Chargemaster.

UK based Chargemaster have supplied over 30,000 homecharge units to UK electric vehicle drivers to date, and is the official charging partner to many major automotive manufacturers. This means that when our next generation electric taxi hits the roads later this year, drivers will be able to rely on a trusted and proven manufacturer to charge their taxi at home.

Chargemaster’s 7kW homecharge unit can charge three times faster than a standard domestic 3 pin plug. Their units are designed for outdoor use – both robust and weather proof. More importantly, they protect vehicles using built-in electric current management software, which ensures the vehicle doesn’t overcharge when full.

Through our new partnership, we can offer drivers exclusive deals to install a 7kW homecharge unit. Installation will be carried out by a qualified electrician who will issue an electrical certificate, which may be required for home insurance purposes.

Like our new taxi, these chargepoints have been rigorously tested to ensure durability as well as compatibility with the vehicle. This is part of our drive to ensure that all of our partners meet the same high quality standard of the electric taxi itself. Supporting this drive for reliability, all charging units bought through this scheme will come with an improved 5-year warranty compared to the typical 1-3 year warranty period offered as standard.

To deliver a one-stop solution, our retailers and customers will be offered a seamless end-to-end service, from initial enquiry, to charge point installation, driver handover and training.

For drivers who do not have access to off-street parking or home charging solutions, we have been working to boost investment in on-street charging infrastructure. This has included recent deals with BluepointLondon to boost on-street charging in London, whilst we are working with local governments around the UK to ensure that funding set aside for charging infrastructure best supports drivers looking to move towards an electric taxi.

We look forward to sharing more information around ownership of the electric taxi with you soon.

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ZAHEER

How much will be the Battery life n how much mileage it does gives while on full battery charged. Thanks

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LEVC

Hi Zaheer, the advanced electric powertrain and battery used in the all-new TX allow drivers to cover well over 70 miles of range with zero emissions. In addition, the small on board petrol generator means drivers can cover an additional 400+ miles by using the petrol generator to sustain the battery.

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Colin Outhwaite

You will need to fit London out with Taxi dedicated charge points. Unless you can reverse the trend towards private hire, Taxis will be too expensive both to buy, and hire. Unless taxis are funded like buses London will grind to a halt with congestion.

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LEVC

Hi Colin,
As part of TFL’s Plug In taxi grant they will provide 400 new rapid (50kW DC) and 150 fast (>22kW) charge points to ensure suitable infrastructure is available to support the progression to electric taxis, and provide assurance that a charge point is never too far away.

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Anwar miah

How long will it take to be fully charged and how long is it gona last or how many miles can i drive? this is a common question of a taxi driver.

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LEVC

Hi Anwar,
We are confident that the new TX will be able to travel well in excess of 70 miles in pure electric, zero emissions capability.
The speed of charge is dependent on the capacity of the charge post used, a 45 minute charge using a 7kW post would charge the battery 20% (equivalent to 15 miles), a 22kW public post would charge the battery 50% (equivalent to 50 miles), and a rapid public charge 50kW would charge it 70% (equivalent to 110 miles).

What’s more, the TX offers unrivalled flexibility, with slow (>7kW), fast (>22kW) and rapid (50kW DC) charging capabilities via different on board socket types. This means drivers can make maximum use of the available charging infrastructure.
To further optimise the use of electrical energy, regenerative braking has been adopted. This system converts unwanted momentum into energy, charging the battery as the vehicle slows. The level of regeneration during coasting can be adjusted to suit driver preference, and increases as the brake pedal is depressed. In fact, the initial braking effort is provided entirely by the regeneration system, with the mechanical wheel brakes only engaging during heavier braking periods. This both improves the range and reduces wear on brake pads, extending their lifespan.

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Louis

Hi,
How much would the 7kw charger cost to install? Also how many KW does the battery’s need from empty?
Thanks
Louis

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LEVC

Hi, the government has made additional funding available to driver through their Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme which provides funding for up to 75% towards the cost of installing electric chargepoints. To make sure this grant goes further, we have partnered with the UK’s leading supplier, Chargemaster, to provide a reliable, affordable home charging solution. Thanks to this scheme, buying a Chargemaster unit through us will cost just £299 and include a five year warranty. There is no extra cost for installation.

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Brendan

How much will it cost in Electricity to charge from flat to full? Does the battery go flat after a week of no use like the Tx4? It’s ok saying Mr average Taxi driver will save £100 PW on fuel but will it cost £10 per day to charge. Give us proper figures please

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LEVC

Hi Brendan,
Based on the average price of overnight electricity – 12p per kW, and the gross battery storage capacity – 23kW, the cost to charge from flat to full is around £2.76.
Electricity is a significantly cheaper fuel than diesel or petrol. The average taxi driver who travels 120 per day in a TX4 Euro 6 will spend close to £140 per week on fuel. Thanks to the eCity technology it is possible to achieve huge savings on fuel if maximise the range offered by driving in pure EV mode. Why not register for a private TX preview and our team will be happy to talk you through the indicative savings that could be achieved based on your work patterns and travel.

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Michael Phillips

Approximatley how much would it cost to fully charge a taxi battery from empty on slow fast and rapid chargers that possible could be installed at my home

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LEVC

Hi Michael,
Like petrol, the price of electricity depends on the provider and location of the charge point. The cost of charging from home will depend on your electricity provider but it will cost less than £3 to fully recharge the battery from empty overnight. At home, a wall box can provide power up to 7kW which would take around 3 hours 30 mins to fully charge the battery.

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