LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) today announces another significant milestone with 5,000 TX taxis sold in London. As the world's most advanced electric taxi, the TX delivers the best possible experience for drivers and passengers, substantial savings for operators and reduced urban emissions for the capital.
Following its launch in 2018, TX has been a trailblazer for the worldwide taxi market, and with more than a third of licensed black taxis in London now the TX, London leads the globe in purpose-built, fully accessible electrified taxis. The TX features a lightweight aluminium body and benefits from LEVC's eCity range extender powertrain. This game-changing technology enables the taxi to travel in full electric mode for up 64 miles. Offering unparalleled flexibility and no range anxiety, TX has a total range of 318 miles and reduces NOx emissions by 99.5 per cent. In the four years since launching, the TX has prevented 109,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. For further information see the IDTechEx report on Electric Vehicles: Land, Sea and Air 2021-2041.
Regardless of age, gender or disability, LEVC's TX is an accessible and inclusive vehicle for all. Featuring flexible space on-board for up to six passengers, the vehicle includes a fully integrated wheelchair ramp and a swivel seat, enabling the TX to accommodate a forward-facing wheelchair - the only taxi of its kind to do so.
When planning the TX, LEVC's designers and engineers consulted with cab drivers to create the most ergonomic, driver-centric cabin ever seen, featuring cutting-edge controls for ease of operation. The TX has also transformed driver and operator profitability, with a typical fuel saving of more than £110 per week. The cab's electric powertrain has prevented 61 million litres of fuel from being burnt, saving drivers a total of £91 million. With fuel prices at an all-time high, the TX demonstrates why transitioning to electrified power makes complete business sense for professional drivers.
Since taking to the streets, the 5,000 cabs have travelled a combined distance of approximately 307 million miles, which equates to circumnavigating the globe an incredible 12,333 times. To date, more than 2 million passenger journeys have been taken in the electric TX taxi in London. Once they step through the limousine-like doors, passengers can enjoy an exceptionally comfortable interior, flooded with natural light courtesy of a panoramic glass roof.
Joerg Hofmann, CEO of LEVC, commented: "Drawing on more than a century of industry experience, combined with state-of-the-art technology, LEVC successfully developed the world's most advanced taxi: the electric TX. Our 5,000th sale in London is a major landmark for the business and we're proud that our TX is making a significant contribution to improving urban air quality, as well as supporting drivers in the transition to sustainable mobility. As a business, LEVC continues to go from strength-to-strength and March saw us achieve record global sales for both the TX and our VN5 van."
Since 2014, parent company Geely has invested more than £500 million in LEVC, creating a state-of-the-art R&D centre and factory in Ansty, Coventry, where the TX taxi is built alongside the VN5 van. To find out more about LEVC's TX, please visit www.levc.com .
LEVC's history began in 1908 when the first dedicated black cab was specially designed and commissioned for use in London. With its unmistakable silhouette and classic design cues, this iconic British vehicle has defined the company for over a century. In 2018, LEVC introduced its latest taxi model, the electric TX. TX is world's cleanest, most advanced taxi ever, powered by LEVC's revolutionary eCity technology. LEVC manufactures its purpose-built, range extended electric TX taxi at a state-of-the-art factory in Ansty, Coventry. Since 2014, Geely has invested more than £500m into LEVC, allowing it to build an entirely new eco-friendly manufacturing facility, the UK's first dedicated to the production of electric vehicles. In November 2019, LEVC started production of its first non-taxi model with the launch of VN5, a medium-sized electric van. Utilising the same eCity technology as TX, VN5 offers both zero-emission capability and zero range anxiety, a critical combination for commercial vehicle operators. A new central European sales office in Frankfurt was established in 2019 to increase LEVC's presence across Europe and further new markets such as Middle East, New Zealand and Australia will continue to increase the company's export footprint. This strategy will see LEVC move from 90% domestic sales to 60% export in 2024.
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