The new ‘TX’ taxis are almost upon us!
These taxis should be able to be ordered from as early as next week, signifing a new era in the term ‘Hackney Carriage’. They will be trialed in London by October, and existing and new cabbies should be able to receive competitive prices to reflect their use and needs.
London Taxi Company, will change its name to the London EV Company (or LEVC) in September to reflect its ambition to produce EV vehicles.
The interior is very reminiscent of a Volvo’s, with the steering wheel and touchscreen becoming instantly recognizable to the new XC90.
LEVC’s Chinese parent firm Geely has invested £325m in the new plant, which is the UK’s first car factory dedicated to building electric vehicles only. The new TX will be created globally, creating more than 1,000 new jobs in the UK’s automotive industry, which would soften the blow of Brexit that little bit more. 20,000 vehicles should be created annually.
The London taxi is completely redesigned, including a new platform architecture and a state-of-the-art plug-in powertrain. It uses a Volvo-developed 1.3 litre three-cylinder petrol engine as a generator for a large battery pack and electric motors – allowing a pure-EV range of over 70 miles but a total range of over 400 miles.
Bosses estimate that the average London cabbie covering 120 miles in a day could save around £100 a week on fuel. That’s based on the driver charging his or her cab at the start of the day and running it flat, although 300 fast chargers (boosting it up to 80 per cent charge in around 30 minutes) for the taxis are set to be installed in London by the end of 2018 to boost the savings further.
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The savings (if true) would be astronomical. Read up on the Knowledge, folks!
Oh, and take that Uber!