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TfL classify a zero emissions capable taxi as one with an official combined CO2 output of less than 50g, which can travel at least 30 miles on electric only. TX comfortably exceeds these requirements with 29g/km and 81 miles on the WLTP test cycle. Visit TfL for more information
There most certainly are. We understand that diving any new vehicle is exciting, but it also has the potential to be intimidating. To help improve customer confidence for those living with TX or driving during unaccompanied test drives, the TX Quick-Start Guide provides a handy point of reference on the most basic vehicle functions. These functions should always be explained to the driver before they get behind the wheel, and our free download can act as a physical reminder to provide reassurance and ensure a more enjoyable driving experience. Alternatively you can always refer to our free TX Operator App, available in Google Play and Apple App Store.
No the fuel cut off switch simply stops the petrol range-extender from working, you can still operate in Pure EV mode. The switch is part of TfL Conditions of Fitness but isn't really necessary on newer vehicles with more sophisticated engine safety precautions.
The TX electrical system requires various circuits to remain active while the meter is running. To preserve the charge of the 12v battery and ensure sufficient energy to restart the vehicle, power to the meter is switched off after one hour of inactivity. It is possible to extend the waiting time by another hour by cycling the ignition.
TX is a range-extended electric vehicle. This means that it is always driven electrically by a motor and powered by a battery. The electric range of 81 miles, combined with flexible plug-in charging options, gives most taxi drivers the ability to complete their day on electric power.
Because the nature of a taxi driver’s work is varied and unpredictable by its nature, TX also has a small petrol range-extender fitted. This is not connected to the wheels and cannot drive the cab as an engine, it acts as a generator to send electrical energy to the battery and ensures drivers are able to complete their fare before needing to stop to recharge. It is this technology which overcomes the range anxiety faced by many operators and gives the confidence to consider an ultra-low emissions cab.
As well as emitting none of the harmful particulates associated with a diesel engine, TX combined CO2 emissions on the official WLTP drive cycle, which includes use of the range-extender, is only 20 g/km. This compares to between 212 and 244 g/km for a diesel London Taxi (depending on model / age) and represents a huge step towards improving the air quality in our cities.
In an electric vehicle, the cabin temperature is maintained electrically using energy from the drive battery.
When charging your TX, whether overnight at home or on-street, you can set a ‘Parking Climate’ timer to prewarm or pre-cool the cabin using the mains electricity. This feature automatically activates the climate control system to restore the last set temperature and fan speed. This means energy isn’t taken from the battery to do the same job after you’ve driven away, helping to preserve your electric range…plus, you get to climb into a cab that’s just the way you like it.
This sensation is a characteristic of the way the braking system operates, it does not affect the braking performance of the taxi, or indicate a fault with the vehicle.
Antilock Braking Systems (ABS) use sensors to identify if a wheel is beginning to rotate more slowly than expected during braking, indicating a loss of grip that will lead to the wheel ‘locking up’. Hydraulic valves reduce the braking effort on the affected wheels, preventing them from skidding and allowing the driver to maintain control.
TX features regenerative braking, recovering energy that would usually be lost while slowing down to recharge the drive battery.The regeneration generates drag on the rear wheels as the vehicle gradually slows while coasting and up to around 10% of brake pedal effort.
When wheel slip is identified, the system must react by deactivating the regeneration to reduce the drag on the rear wheels. This could be the result of a heavy braking event, slippery conditions or a change of road surface (such as ironworks). Disengaging the regenerative braking has the effect of reducing the rate of deceleration; this can give the feeling of vehicle surging forward and drivers typically react to this sensation by applying the brake pedal harder. In many cases, the affected wheel has already begun to rotate normally, and the vehicle reacts to the new input by slowing more rapidly.
This sensation only occurs at low speeds and under light braking, where the vehicle is being slowed by the regeneration. In emergency braking events, most of the braking effort is already being achieved using the hydraulic wheel brakes and so the sensation of the ABS working in the conventional way is more familiar.
Working in conjunction with the ABS system, Autonomous Emergency Braking monitors the road ahead, ready to react if an imminent collision is detected. The system operates more quickly and effectively than most humans can and while antilock braking systems normally decrease stopping distances, on very slippery surfaces, such as gravel or snow, ABS may actually increase the overall braking distance, but allow the driver to maintain steering control.
The very latest safety technology, fitted as standard, is just one reason the new TX is our safest taxi ever.