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Electric taxi gets approval to work across London

Electric taxi gets approval to work across London”

A new wave of plug-in hybrid black taxis have reached London's streets, as part of the city's push to improve air quality.

On the road to certification, which comes a month before Transport for London's January 2018 deadline for all newly-licensed taxis to be zero emission capable, the vehicle has had to endure extreme weather conditions, and survive thousands of road test miles at the hands of London cabbies.

The powertrain is also Volvo sourced, using two electric motors to power the rear wheels and a 1.5-liter turbo petrol engine as a range extender - the manufacturer claims it can travel for 70 miles with a full battery and with a full tank of petrol it adds another 400 miles.

The new electric TX taxi from the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) picked up its first paying fares on December 5.

From 1 January 2018, all taxis presented for licensing for the first time in London will need to be zero emission capable and emit no more than 50g/km Carbon dioxide with a minimum 30 mile zero emission range.

Inside the taxis, there's room for six, all are wheelchair accessible, there's air-conditioning, phone and laptop charging, wifi, contactless card machines, and a large panoramic roof. "Better for passengers, more cost effective for drivers, it will play a major role in helping to improve air quality benefiting all Londoners", he said.

LEVC says it will save drivers on average £100 in fuel a week. "This will help to accelerate improvements to London's toxic air", said Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy.

THE first of a new generation of eco-friendly London taxis has been given the green light to start taking fares.

Unlike the previous taxi, the vehicle's multi-filter system works to remove gases and particles from the incoming air.

More than 9,000 such taxis are expected on London's roads by 2021.

A 60 per cent recharge of the batteries - enough for 50 miles EV operation - can be done in 45 minutes. 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 worldwide standards, reinforcing the black cab trade's reputation for safety. The factory has created more than local 1000 jobs and has been funded by a £300 million investment from LEVC's Chinese owners, Geely, who also own Volvo.

Launch of the taxi has also been welcomed by City Hall.

LEVC plans to deliver TX models in Europe later in 2018, and then further afield.



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