Yesterday, the first of the world’s most advanced electric black cabs appeared on the streets of London as they enter the final phase of testing ahead of the January 2018 deadline for all newly licensed taxis to be zero emission capable.
These test vehicles were facing the final challenge, 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.
On 18th October 2017, Chris Gubbey, CEO of the LEVC, said;
“We are incredibly excited to deliver our 6 test vehicles to the streets of London today. 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 were real London cabbies who helped collect crucial 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 this year.
Electric taxis take to London’s roads for final phase of testing
Chris 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, laptop and USB charging, a panoramic roof, contactless card machines, onboard wi-fi, and an aluminium body that is stronger to better protect the passenger. In addition, London’s passengers should expect an unrivalled ride quality, air-conditioning, class leading wheelchair accessibility, phone charging and a more spacious cabin.
The black cab trade has a global reputation for safety and this remains top of the agenda. World class active and passive safety systems will help to protect both the vehicle and other road users. These include forward collision warnings, autonomous emergency breaking and emergency brake assistance. All of which will act to reinforce the black cab trade’s global reputation for safety.
LEVC is working with drivers and other organisations to ensure that TX drivers will be the world’s most connected cabbies. The new vehicle includes an on-board sat-nav to help drivers identify congestion and plan alternative routes, access to online charge-point maps and hailing apps for taking bookings.