The new LEVC electric black cabs
The London Taxi Company (LEVC) test drove the first of its new electric black cabs on the roads of London yesterday (18 Oct).
Having been put through the most rigorous testing regime in the company’s history, including the extreme weather conditions in the Arctic and Death Valley, the test vehicles faced the final challenge yesterday as they were tested on the streets of London.
Speaking ahead of the trial, Chris Gubbey, CEO of the LEVC, said: “We are incredibly excited to deliver our six test vehicles to the streets of London. Made in the UK, this is set to be the best taxi in the world for the best taxi service in the world.”
LEVC's test fleet drivers are real London cabbies who will help to collect vital information such as the emissions savings being made from LEVC’s eCity technology and the performance of London’s charge point infrastructure before delivering to customers and being available to fare paying passengers later in the year.
Gubbey continued: “We will now be able to accurately quantify the significant improvements these vehicles will make to London’s air quality which will benefit all Londoners regardless of whether you use taxis or not. For those that do, the experience will be transformational.”
New features include six seats, contactless card machines, onboard wifi, laptop and USB charging, a panoramic roof, and an aluminum body that is stronger and will better protect the passenger.
LEVC is working with drivers and other organisations to ensure that TX drivers will be the world’s most connected cabbies.
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