Coventry cabmaker hails new electric taxi

The LEVC TX six-seater taxi

Coventry-based London EV Company (LEVC) is targeting improved European sales after launching its all-new electric TX six-seater taxi at the continent’s biggest auto show in Frankfurt.

The vehicle is being produced at the company’s new £325m factory in Ansty Park.

LEVC, formerly the London Taxi Company, has even premiered the vehicle in Germany’s famous ‘taxi beige’.

The company, owned by China’s Geely, is hoping the vehicle will attract sales in cities looking to reduce vehicle emission levels.

LEVC chairman, Carl-Peter Forster, said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for the company. The reveal of the taxi in Germany’s trademark taxi colours is a statement of intent – we are here to tackle the air pollution crisis in cities across Europe with the most advanced taxi in the world.”

The all-new electric zero-emissions-capable TX also showcases the company’s eCity technology for the first time. This comprises an advanced battery electric powertrain with a small petrol generator. Applied to the TX, the technology allows for a range of around 400 miles (640km) including 75 miles (120km) at zero emissions, this latter feature is aimed squarely at cutting noise and air pollution levels in cities.

In addition, the TX has a range of accessibility features including side access and forward facing wheelchair capability.

Chris Gubbey, CEO, LEVC, said: “From our heritage as the manufacturer of the iconic London Taxi, we have unparalleled insight into the needs of commercial operators and passengers. Drawing on the best of British design and engineering as well as technical expertise from our sister company Volvo, our products will help transform city living and urban air quality.”