Electric London black cab goes beige for Germany

Britain may be famous for its classic custom-made black cabs.

But in Germany taxis are cream coloured – and dominated by Mercedez-Benz.

Now Coventry-based London EV Company (LEVC), formerly the London Taxi Company, has parked its new electric cab firmly on Germany’s lawn at the Frankfurt Motor Show which begins today.

To signal its export drive onto the Continent, it has painted one of its new electric TX six-seater cabs in Germanic cream known as ‘taxi beige’ for its premiere at Europe’s biggest auto show of 2017 in Frankfurt.

launch: London EV Company painted one of its new electric TX six-seater taxis in Germanic cream known as 'taxi beige' for its premiere at Europe's biggest auto show of 2017 in Frankfurt

launch: London EV Company painted one of its new electric TX six-seater taxis in Germanic cream known as ‘taxi beige’ for its premiere at Europe’s biggest auto show of 2017 in Frankfurt

An LEVC spokesman said: ”The version presented in Frankfurt is right-hand drive and painted in German taxi colours underlining the vehicle’s readiness for the German market and all major cities worldwide with other colours and specifications available.’

LEVC chairman, Carl-Peter Forster, said: ‘This is an incredibly exciting time for the company, for Europe, for the air we breathe and for drivers of commercial vehicles across the world. 

‘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 new electric zero-emissions-capable TX uses the firm’s ‘eCity’ technology comprising an advanced battery electric powertrain with a small petrol generator to create electric power on board.

It gives the British taxi a range of nearly 400 miles including more than 74 miles of ‘zero emissions’ electric-only power for inner city operations where noise and air pollution is most acute.

The British taxi a range of nearly 400 miles including more than 74 miles of 'zero emissions' electric-only power for inner city operations where noise and air pollution is most acute.

The British taxi a range of nearly 400 miles including more than 74 miles of ‘zero emissions’ electric-only power for inner city operations where noise and air pollution is most acute.

The firm, owned by Chinese car giant Geely, recently announced its first major international order of 225 vehicles to Dutch taxi firm RMC, one of the Netherlands’ largest taxi operators, to be delivered in 2018. That ‘initial’ order is expected to grow, it said.

So far Geely has invested £325million in its electric cab and van venture at Ansty, near Coventry, in the Midlands, announcing hundreds of new jobs.

LEVC’s chief executive Chris Gubbey 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. 

 





Courtesy: Daily Mail Online

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