London EV Company (LEVC) has produced 2,500 examples of its all-new TX electric taxi. These high usage vehicles are already making a big contribution to reducing urban emissions in London, cities across the UK and in Europe too, but Dublin wasn’t mentioned.
Marking this very special milestone at an event in Trafalgar Square, LEVC displayed the 2,500th TX to have been built by its modern factory in Coventry, where more than £500m has been invested by parent company Geely into developing and manufacturing the world’s most advanced taxi since 2014.
LEVC tells us that the cabs have proved a major hit with drivers, passengers and cities alike thanks in no small part to the technology that lies underneath the re-imagined, yet still iconic bodywork: the TX eCity range extender powertrain, which allows the taxi to run in full electric mode for up to 80 miles, slashing emissions and driver running costs and giving passengers a quieter and more soothing ride.
The Chinese owned business says that the numbers speak for themselves. Combined, the cabs have prevented 6,800 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere – the same as 1,500 return flights from London to Sydney – and they’ve reduced NOx emissions, the major contributor to poor urban air quality, by 99.5 per cent over the previous taxi.
It adds that they have also travelled a combined distance of 21 million miles, the equivalent of driving around the world 845 times – or 45 trips to the Moon and back – and have dramatically cut fossil fuel usage, preventing 850,000 litres of fuel from being pumped, saving drivers a total of £3.85 million or around £100 per week each compared to running the old diesel cab.
For passengers too, it claims that 13 million have ridden in the new TX so far – the benefits are just as compelling. As well as the panoramic glass roof and greatly improved comfort, including the ability to take a forward-facing wheelchair (the only taxi of its type to do that), those who have sat in the back of TX have enjoyed staying connected too. Since January 2018, a combined 45 million gigabytes of data have been used, thanks to TX’s onboard WiFi.
Currently, as LEVC’s biggest market, London’s cabbies are leading the charge with over 2,000 vehicles on the capital’s streets. The TX is also available in over 20 cities across the UK, including Birmingham, Coventry, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh. It’s proved extremely successful overseas too, with sales in Norway, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
I noticed that Dublin is not on the list
LEVC manufactures the world’s only purpose-built, range extended electric taxi. Based on the TX, LEVC’s new light commercial vehicle CV will be made at the same facility. In the near future, LEVC will add to its commercial vehicle range with a new line-up of models that will use shared technology with Geely Commercial Vehicles.