Saturday, 30 September 2017

Black cabs go green: Electric taxis on the way

It may look like any other London taxi, but this is actually an all-new electric model.

The TX has been developed in the UK by the newly-rebranded London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC), with substantial investment from its Chinese owners.

The firm claims the new cab has a pure electric range of around 70 miles. With the assistance of a 1.5 litre petrol range extender, it can go for up to 400 miles.

Similar technology has been used in passenger cars like the BMW i3 for a few years but this is the first time it has been used in a purpose-built taxi.

The model is due to hit the streets in October, in time for a clamp-down on polluting taxis by Transport for London.

Only "zero emissions capable vehicles" will be licensed from January, effectively banning new diesel cabs from the capital.

Richard Gordon, commercial director at LEVC said: "The vehicle has really been designed around a London cabbie's use. Many will be able to charge the vehicle overnight.

"They'll tend to run into town on the range extender and then have full use of the electric motor while working within central London."

TfL will offer grants of up to £5,000 to encourage drivers of the most polluting diesel taxis to upgrade.

SKY      News.