ALL-NEW TAXI BODY STRUCTURE

The electric drivetrain is just one of the cutting-edge technologies underneath the stylish exterior of the new electric taxi. Like all our vehicles, the new taxi is purpose-built from the ground up as the ultimate taxi, but this time we’ve taken a radically different approach.

The all-new body structure has been designed exclusively for the electric drivetrain; creating a perfect fit for all the mechanical components. This means more room inside and better occupant protection.

Historically, conventional steel has formed the backbone of our vehicles, but for the new taxi we’ve adopted the latest body construction techniques to build a taxi that is lighter, more fuel efficient and better to drive – but still designed for the rigorous demands and life expectancy of a purpose-built taxi.

Lightweight Bonded Aluminium

This is possible thanks to a bonded aluminium structure. This technology is already used in high-end automotive, motorsport and aerospace industries – and we’ve adapted it for the unique requirements of a commercial vehicle.

The all-aluminium structure is bonded, or glued, together with special adhesives. 30% lighter than an equivalent steel structure and more than twice as strong as welding, this process is perfectly suited to the electric taxi, maximising weight-savings to deliver greater electric range.

 

Strong

The resulting structure is incredibly strong, making the new electric taxi our safest ever. Pound for pound, aluminium can absorb twice the crash energy of mild steel – and because it’s lighter, there is less energy to dissipate in the first place.

And anodised aluminium has other big advantages; it is extremely corrosion resistant and durable, remaining as strong as the day it was formed.

Green

In its raw form, aluminium is the third most abundant natural element on our planet. Despite this, the aluminium used in our body structure is made from recycled material, reducing the environmental impact even further. Sourcing aluminium in this way also reduces the variations in the raw material allowing us to guarantee the highest-quality, most consistent components possible.

Not only that, but the end of the vehicle’s life is greener too. 90% of automotive aluminium scrap — more than a half-million tons a year — is recovered and recycled. To put this in perspective: recycling 1 ton of aluminium saves the energy equivalent of 21 barrels of oil.

Reparability

Taxis cover many miles on unpredictable urban streets, and because of this serviceability and reparability were key considerations in the development process. A taxi must be designed to resist damage, be quickly and easily repaired to minimise down time and be cost-effective, reducing repair costs and therefore insurance premiums.

Our products have long been renowned for their reparability, and the new electric taxi is no different. We look forward to revealing the clever design solutions that make this possible in a future article.

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Waqqar mohyuddin

The new tx5 will it design for more motorway usage ..
Average airport driver drives 350 miles a day
Will you allow a luton Hackney Carriage test drive the new tx5 .. demo run at the Luton airport for four weeks
To see if it’s worth for out Towners

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LEVC

Hi Waqqar, the TX eCity technology has an advanced electric powertrain with a small petrol generator. Applied to the all-new electric TX, the technology allows for a range of over 400 miles including well over 70 miles range with zero emissions. Keep reading our updates to learn about the most important phase of our proving programme to come – later this year we’re putting the new electric taxi on the streets of London, in the hands of licensed taxi drivers.

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Rich Frissen

Can you release pictures of the driver compartment please? And….price OTR…along with battery ‘lease’ details etc…

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LEVC

Hi Rich more imagery of the driver compartment can be found here http://bit.ly/2t7laQe. The OTR price is being released closer to the vehicle on sale date in Q4 this year, however we can advise that because of the significant difference in price between electricity vs. fuel costs, drivers of the new electric TX will save on average £100 per week in fuel with no separate battery leasing.

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Darren Smith

Currently it costs £43,000 for a new TX, at this price it is already overpriced and repair costs are just as expensive as previous models.
What is the cost of the new electric model and is it going to be more cost effective regarding running costs and reliability?
Bearing in mind my TX4 63 plate cost £33,000 in November 2013 , I am seriously put off paying the current price nevermind the new model you are advertising.
Not convinced it’s going to be more reliable and the inevitable repair costs will be just as high on top of the purchase price which in this current climate is far too expensive.
Most Taxi drivers really don’t go for this ” greener ” promise. Current models are ” green” enough.
Costs , servicing and reliability are more important.

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LEVC

Thank you for your comments Darren. The OTR price is being released closer to the vehicle on sale date in Q4 this year but at this stage we can advise that because of the significant difference in price between electricity vs. fuel costs, drivers of the new electric TX will save on average £100 per week in fuel with no separate battery leasing.
The taxi has been subjected to our most rigorous testing regime ever – adopting the same manufacturing and testing processes used by leading companies from the automotive world. This helps ensure the taxi is reliable and robust enough to meet the demands of a taxi duty cycle. The TX will also be supported by our most comprehensive warranty to date.
With regarding to servicing and maintenance, the cost will be significantly less than that of a petrol or diesel taxi because there are fewer parts which will require maintenance in an electric vehicle.

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andre hendricks

I. Was at goodwood and spoke andsat in vehicle i look forward to test drive

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Ross Fountain

Sounds great, looking forward to more info and details.
I am a private chauffeur in London and have used Taxi’s from The fairway in 1991 to the TX4 in 2008 and have been waiting for the new electric Taxi to arrive.
Please send details ASAP
Please keep me informed and we are probably willing to place an order on August 1.

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LEVC

Hi Ross, really good to hear from you, thanks for your support. The sales team will certainly be in touch shortly and please stay subscribed to our email updates because we will be releasing more information through here very soon.

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