The London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) has now built 2500 examples of its all-new TX electric taxi. Marking this milestone at an event in Trafalgar Square, LEVC displayed the 2500th TX built in its factory in Ansty, Coventry, where more than £500m has been invested by parent company Geely into developing and manufacturing the world’s most advanced taxi since 2014.
These black cabs have proved popular with drivers, passengers and cities thanks to the technology that lies underneath its 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.
Combined, the cabs have prevented 6800 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere – the same as 1500 return flights from London to Sydney – and they’ve reduced NOx emissions, the major contributor to poor urban air quality, by 99.5% over the previous taxi. They have travelled a combined distance of 21,000,000 miles and have cut fossil fuel usage, preventing 850,000 litres of diesel from being pumped, saving drivers a total of £3.85 million or around £100 per week each compared with a traditional cab.
Currently, as LEVC’s biggest market, London’s cabbies are leading the charge with more than 2000 vehicles on the capital’s streets. The TX is also available in more than 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.
Joerg Hofmann, CEO of LEVC, commented: ‘On behalf of all who work for LEVC, from our new factory in Ansty to our long-standing base in Brewery Road and our dealers in the UK and Europe, I am extremely proud of this momentous achievement. When this project began in 2014, we set out to make the world’s most advanced taxi, to distil more than 70 years of cab-building knowledge into an all-new leader in urban zero emissions mobility. The endorsement from drivers is compelling while passengers love TX’s comfort, space and connectivity features.’