ALL HAIL THE NEW TX ECITY LONDON TAXI

Today marks a momentous milestone in the life of the London taxi: LEVC (London EV Company)’s all-new electric TX taxi is now fully certified to carry fare-paying passengers. For the first time Londoners will be able to ride through the city’s streets in incredible comfort with technology at their fingertips, safe in the knowledge that they are sitting in the world’s cleanest, most advanced taxi ever.
The new TX is a revolution for passengers who should expect unrivalled ride comfort, class leading wheelchair accessibility, air conditioning, phone charging and a much more spacious cabin with six seats. Features abound including wide opening rear hinged doors, power sockets for laptops, on-board wifi, contactless card machines and an expansive panoramic roof.

Chris Gubbey, CEO of the LEVC, said: “After extensive testing, LEVC’s new taxi is ready to do the job it was made for: transport people around this great city of London safely, cleanly and stylishly. Better for passengers, more cost effective for drivers, it will play a major role in helping to improve air quality benefiting all Londoners. I am immensely proud of the work we have carried out so far: we have produced a new icon, the world’s most advanced electric taxi.”

Having been put through the most rigorous testing regime in the company’s history, including extreme weather conditions in the Arctic Circle and Arizona, plus thousands of miles in the hands of real cab drivers in London, the new TX is ready to go to work – ahead of TfL’s January 2018 deadline when all newly licensed taxis need to be zero emission capable.

Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, said: “These new electric taxis are at the forefront of green transport technology and will play a transformational role in the Mayor’s plan to phase out diesel and clean up the transport network. This will help to accelerate improvements to London’s toxic air.

“It’s great to have the first electric taxis on London’s streets and a testament to London’s leadership and that of LEVC. I look forward to seeing many more taxis on London’s street in the coming months”.

This landmark moment was celebrated at Circus West Village, the first phase of the Battersea Power Station regeneration, which is now open. The entire site has been designed to futureproof for a mass adoption of electric vehicles with the infrastructure for almost 1,000 electric charging points planned and the flexibility to increase that. The first 57 charging points are now available for use at Circus West Village. The Grade II* listed Power Station building and its surrounding areas is being transformed into a community of homes, shops, offices, restaurants and public space – a vibrant, new town centre for Londoners. Like the TX, both icons blend old and new and are being redesigned for 21st century living, and have a major role to play in the future London landscape.

All LEVC products use its eCity technology comprising of an advanced battery electric powertrain with a small back-up petrol generator. Applied to the all-new electric TX, the technology allows for a range of up to 400 miles including 80 miles pure electric range.

Unlike the previous taxi, the vehicle’s multi-filter system works to remove gases and particles from the incoming air. In addition, an in-built air quality sensor also automatically closes the external air intake if it detects increased levels of pollution in the outside air – protecting passengers, and the driver, from the capital’s often poor-quality air.

World-class active and passive safety systems will help to protect both the vehicle and other road users too. These include forward collision warnings, autonomous emergency breaking and emergency brake assistance, while the TX combines an extremely strong, rigid aluminium body shell with crash protection to the highest international standards, reinforcing the black cab trade’s reputation for safety.

Carl-Peter Forster, Chairman of the LEVC, said: “There have been many milestones on this journey, from opening a brand-new factory in the heart of the UK – the first brand new automotive manufacturing facility in Britain for over a decade; the first dedicated electric vehicle factory in the UK – to today’s announcement that our new TX has passed all certification tests and is now able to carry fare-paying passengers. It will save drivers money, bring new levels of comfort and convenience to those who hail one and provide the safest and cleanest way of getting around a city by taxi. And this is just the start. We will deliver new TX models in Europe later in 2018 – and across the world. Our goal is to be the global, automotive leader in urban commercial vehicles. We are well on our way to achieving that.”

LEVC has received thousands expressions of interest in London for the new electric TX since order books opened on August 1st 2017 and the first electric TX models will arrive in the hands of drivers this month. The vehicle is currently available for test drive and those who have placed orders will start receiving their vehicles in due course.

Underpinned by an investment totalling £325m, LEVC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Geely, has the single-minded ambition to be the urban commercial vehicle provider of choice for cities across the globe. Its commercial vehicle strategy will see the new TX launched first followed by an electric LCV.

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Nikolay

Only 80 miles?
That would be something, if we were in year 2000, not the end of 2017.
Also the backup up engine should be running on LPG.
Not impressed at all.
I can’t see how they are going to sale many cars outside London.

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LEVC

Hi, our battery has been chosen because it’s an appropriate size to cover most taxi driver’s daily usage. Bigger batteries mean more cost and more weight, reducing the efficiency and running cost advantages of the electric taxi.

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Duncan Moore

Good afternoon,

I am writing a feature for Metal Market Magazine on the changing use of metal in automotive construction, examining the use of advanced high strength steel and new types of aluminium. I will be making a mention of London’s black cabs changing to aluminium bodywork and I am wondering if you are able to supply high-resolution images of the new cab design for editorial use?

Ideally, I would like a copy of the image (file name) Reparability-2 on the LEVC website and a shot of the new cab.

Regards

Duncan Moore

Associate Editor – Metal Market Magazine (formerly Metal Bulletin Magazine)

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LEVC

Good afternoon Duncan, thank you for taking the time to contact us, your request has been passed to the relevant department to advise if/how we can support.

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Stephen Jelley

Looks nice. As a user of taxis given the option i’d choose electric every time. No electric option i’d ride my bike!

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Hemal davda

All LEVC products use its eCity technology comprising of an advanced battery electric powertrain with a small back-up petrol generator. Applied to the all-new electric TX, the technology allows for a range of up to 400 miles including 80 miles pure electric range.

So it’s a hybrid ?
It will run on petrol and electricity?
Or
Only on electricity?

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LEVC

Hi Hemal, TX can operate on battery electrical energy alone, or the energy to drive the motor can be taken from the petrol generator. This makes TX viable as a commercial vehicle because range anxiety – the fear that the battery won’t have enough charge to reach the destination – is removed, providing the ability – if necessary – to cover up to 377 miles.

Fundamentally this back up system provides flexibility; drivers may be required to undertake longer journeys outside of the immediate urban environment, like airports or sea ports. The range-extender allows the fare to be completed and for the driver to return to the city, without requiring a stop to recharge on the way. Similarly, many drivers face a long commute and do not want to re-charge the vehicle once reaching the area of operation before being able to begin working; the range-extender allows them to do this, arriving in the city with a full battery pack ready for zero-emissions operation.

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Paul Scheggia

Hello, does the petrol engine recharged the batteries like ed wiseman says in the telegraph or is it just a Range extender

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LEVC

Hi Paul, thanks for your interest. The petrol generator will maintain the current state of charge in the battery pack. So for example, if the battery is at 90% charge and the range extender is engaged so you can drive in ‘Save’ mode, the battery charge will be maintained at 90% until the driver selects a different drive mode. For more information on the different drive modes, how they work, and when it’s best to use them, please visit http://www.levc.com/technology/ecity-technology/

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LEVC

Hi Bilal, TX is available from as little as £177 per week with a cash price of £55,599. Thanks to new eCity technology the typical driver could save £100 per week on fuel costs, and approximately half as much on routine servicing and maintenance when compared to our previous model. For more information on eCity technology and how it can help you reduce operating costs please visit: http://www.levc.com/technology/ecity-technology/

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Mike

I’ve heard the battery costs £8000! which is ok if it’s under warranty but what happens when that runs out? an 8 grand bill? If the warranty for the battery was 15yrs it might attract more custom. Nice taxi but not many drivers will have a spare 8 grand laying about which is putting me off. what is the estimated life span of these batteries?

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LEVC

Hi, thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. As well as being protected by an industry-leading warranty for five years, the battery in TX has been tested and proven to be able to last the life of the taxi. For example, our testing showed that after 25 years worth of rapid charging, seven days a week the entire period, the battery only saw a 25% reduction in capacity. Please read this article for more information: http://www.theelectrictaxi.co.uk/2017/09/11/industry-leading-battery-confidence/. We have not published the battery cost.

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John Bruce

Do you have a detailed report on accessibility for wheelchair users and other peoplecwith disabilities. Size and rradient of wheelchair ramp. Height clearance . Method of wheelchair and passenger restraint

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LEVC

Hi, thanks for taking the time to engage with us. It’s quite a broad question are you able to be more specific.

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John Mcmanus

So you’re saying that your tests show that the batteries should out last the vehicle, then why are you giving such a short warranty on them (5 years) or is 5 years the life expectancy of the taxi ? You don’t seem to have that much faith in the batteries.
John.

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LEVC

John, thanks for taking the time to engage with us. We proudly stand by our battery warranty, it’s the industry leader for commercial EVs, the best available in the market. Like all of our previous models, TX has been built to last the entire life of a taxi’s tough duty cycle. To learn more about the rigorous testing regime undertaken when developing TX, why not join us at our next TX Knowledge Event? You can speak to the engineers from the factory face-to-face, rather than online, and ask them all the questions you wish. We’ll be sharing more details about the next event online soon, hope to see you there….

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Robin Bate

It is a great vehicle and sets a high standard for others to follow. As an 8 passenger private hire driver in Edinburgh the new LEVC taxi is short on luggage space , but apart from that it ticks all the right boxes.

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c irvine

Yes go on buy taxis at that price so your city can boast a new fleet financed by you

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H.Delvaux

Through eventual interest from the other EC countries :
would left seated driver version be available ?
(I’ve seen a few older ‘London cabs’ in operation in Belgium, in left driver version)

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Darryl Terrell

Hello I’m questioning from the USA I would like to know if your lavc taxis will be in portable in the near future to the US and if so what modifications will need to be done as in Left Hand Drive

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LEVC

Yes we’ll be launching the taxi in to continental Europe and beyond this year and a left hand drive version is available. We’ve passed your details to the relevant department who will be in touch with more information.

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Stuart Kenyon

That sounds a touch sarcastic to me. This new LEVC TX is reducing carbon emissions, has a safer cab for passengers, not to mention for the driver, it’s comfortable, good headroom, panoramic glass roof, will allow charging of phones and laptops. Plus with an environment like the new TX electric, both passengers and drivers are more relaxed and therefore more cheerful, unlike ‘mini cab’ drivers who are invariably unhelpful,sometimes rude and ignorant, and will try their hardest to screw as much money out of you as they can get, like one cab company in Cambridge who charged double the amount for an inward journey as they did for the outward journey, talk about rip-off. Always best to have a proper metered cab.

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Alistair

If your batteries should last the lifetime of the taxi then why don’t you give a lifetime warranty on the battery. But in reality your car is a petrol electric vehicle as it’s electric only use is approximately 80 miles that is probably overstated also as you car manufacturers never really tell the whole truth about the capability of your car.

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