London EV Company (LEVC), which produces its hybrid TX taxi cab, has celebrated its 2,500th vehicle put into service since first rolling off production lines in January 2018.
The world’s only purpose-built range-extended electric taxi has proved a success with drivers and passengers, offering a quieter, cleaner and smoother ride for passengers, while cheaper running costs for owners.
The cab’s drivetrain pairs a 31kWh battery with a 1.5-liter petrol engine, with a full-electric driving range of around 128km (80 miles) and, according to LEVC, all 2,500 cabs combined have prevented the emission of 6,800 tonnes of CO2 compared to ICE taxis – a claimed equivalent to 1,500 return flights from London to Sydney.
In addition to this, LEVC claims NOx emissions have been cut by 99.5%, while the battery power has saved on 187,000 gallons (850,000 liters) of fuel being used, saving drivers an estimated US$4.6m (£3.85m).
“When this project began in 2014, we set out to make the world’s most advanced taxi, to distil over 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,” said Joerg Hofmann, CEO of LEVC.
“We are proud to be supporting the city of London in its efforts to improve air quality – and doing the same across the UK. In the very near future we will be further driving TX sales in Europe and expanding our range with a new LCV. Our goal is to be the leading European green commercial mobility solution provider.”
The TX is built in the UK in LEVC’s factory in Ansty, Coventry, and is in service in London, Birmingham, Coventry, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh. It’s also in use outside the UK with sales in Norway, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Hong Kong and Malaysia.