The new London Electric Vehicle Company’s TX taxi is coming to the British capital’s roads later this year – but already the revived Coventry-based firm is looking at expanding further afield. And it seems Germany could be a target market.
As such, the firm is this week showing a special LEVC TX taxi painted not in iconic London taxi black, but in iconic German taxi cream.
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It’s on show at the Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition in Stuttgart, the electric vehicle industry’s annual get-together. This year is the 30th running of the event, which brings together the important players and decision-makers in the global electric mobility industry.
The London Electric Vehicle Company wants to be one of them.
And with the new TX cab, which has a 70-mile electric range and an on-board range-extender petrol engine taking it to a total of 400 miles between refills, it has the advanced new tech to see it taken seriously. During testing, the TX has been tested in the heat of the Arizona desert and freezing temperatures of the Arctic Circle, meaning it should be comfortable in any European city.
OK, perhaps it’s a stretch to imagine LEVC TX taxis will be taking over en mass from diesel-engined Mercedes-Benz E-Class any time soon, particularly as the German firm is itself rolling out its own electric vehicle solutions. But as a statement of intent, the Stuttgart exhibition is a strong one.
The new London taxi is not a diesel-fuelled carry-over, but an advanced electric-drive range-extender machine ready for the cities of the future. What better way to demonstrate the new British cab’s talents than in the heart of the German car industry?
But what next – a TX taxi iconic New York cab yellow? Watch this space…