London’s new electric black cabs ready for passengers

TRT World

 ( via – – Tue, 23 Jan, 2018) London, Uk – –

The first of London's new electric black taxis is ready to pick up passengers after it was handed over to a driver this week.

Black cab driver David Harris is the first to receive the keys to London Electric Vehicle Company's new TX electric taxi, which has six passenger seats, power sockets and USB ports, as well as on-board Wi-Fi.

The new taxis, which cost £55,599, have an advanced battery electric powertrain with a small back-up petrol generator that gives a total range of up to 400 miles, including 80 miles pure electric driving.

Harris expects to save £500-£600 a month by switching from his current cab to the electric TX in fuel savings, servicing and overall running costs.

Chris Gubbey, chief executive of the LEVC, said: “It’s the first of many clean-air, zero emission taxis that will be hitting the streets of London, and we are just as excited as David is. Hearing how this vehicle will impact his life, and the vast savings he will make month after month, is just fantastic. We can’t wait to see and hear the reaction from passengers as they experience the new TX for the first time.”

By Rebecca Smith