Meeting the air quality challenge
Air pollution in cities affects our quality of life. More worryingly, it causes health problems for the most vulnerable people in society. It shortens the lives of over 70,000 people a year in Europe alone.
National and city governments around the world have started to take charge of poor air quality by encouraging people to drive electric vehicles, or limit where diesel and petrol vehicles can be driven.
Our new electric taxi has been designed to help solve these issues by providing a more sustainable mode of urban transportation. The new electric taxi will be able to travel impressive distances with zero emissions but also contains a small range extender to alleviate any ‘range anxiety’ for drivers and passengers on longer journeys outside city centres. It’s the perfect solution for urban commercial operators that face demanding and unpredictable duty cycles.
Our new electric taxi will not only meet the strict regulations set by cities today, but will comply with future rules in London and around the world. And it will do all of this without compromising any of the aspects of today’s taxi that make it world-renowned: the 25 foot turning circle, the accessibility for wheelchair users, the famous design that symbolises safe and trustworthy travel, and the interior space now with a sixth passenger seat.
All of this combined with several new additions will vastly increase driver and passenger comfort.
Support for taxi drivers
While the move to electric vehicles brings huge benefits and opportunities, we recognise the change for taxi drivers. That’s why we’ve been working with governments to create comprehensive support packages. Last week, at the opening of our new facility dedicated solely to the production of electric vehicles, the UK Government announced a further £64 million of investment to promote the use of electric taxis. This money will support drivers in two important ways:
1) A £50 million Plug-in Taxi Grant programme accessible throughout the UK. This will give taxi drivers up to £7,500 off the price of a new electric vehicle. Taxi drivers who switch to LTC’s new electric taxi will also benefit from significantly lower fuel costs.
2) £14 million of investment to deliver around 400 rapid and 150 fast chargepoints dedicated for electric taxis across 10 cities that bid for funding. These include: Birmingham; Coventry; London; Nottingham; Dundee; The West Yorkshire Combined Authority; Oxford; Cambridge; Wolverhampton; Slough.
This is just one example of how governments around the world are supporting the transition to electric taxis.
Purpose built solution
Legislators recognise how taxis represent their city to visitors and residents alike; there should be no compromise, they should all be the best they can be – professional, safe, accessible, and above all, electric. Only one taxi is built for purpose which meets these criteria, and we are working closely with cities all over the world to ensure drivers and passengers can experience this as soon as possible.
We do not take these steps simply to comply with regulations, but because we share the view of city mayors, national governments and citizens that air quality is one of the most significant challenges facing the world today. We’re proud to bring to market a purpose-built solution that will help eliminate city centre emissions and reduce running costs for drivers.
We will be revealing more details about the design and features of our new taxi shortly, here on this site.