Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Electric black cabs to cost cabbies more "going green"

Electric black taxis have hit London's roads under plans to improve air quality but critics say their cost will put off drivers "going green".

The £55,599 cab means drivers will have to pay £300 more a year in car tax.

Chris Gubbey, boss of manufacturer the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) insists the cab will "play a major role in helping to improve air quality".

The launch comes weeks ahead of rules requiring new cabs in the capital to be capable of emitting zero emissions.

More than 9,000 such taxis, roughly half the current black cab fleet, are expected on London's roads by 2021.
The new TX can travel 80 miles on a single battery charge and 370 miles on its 1.5 litre petrol engine.

The vehicle's filtration system also removes harmful gases from incoming air.

The cab has six seats, contactless card machines, Wifi and USB charging.

LEVC says it will save drivers on average £100 in fuel a week.

BBC        News.