First electric ‘black cabs’ roaming streets of London
On Tuesday the first of some 9.000 new electric taxis, the typical ‘black cabs’, started to roam the streets of London. The ‘black cabs’ replace the diesel versions, as all new taxis put into traffic are to be of the ‘low emission type’ from 2018 on by law.
TX eCity by Geely
Called the ‘TX eCity’, “the new electric taxi is totally newly designed and offers both the driver and the passenger a far better experience”, says Chris Bubbey, CEO of the London Electric Vehicle Company, the former London Taxi Company. “It’s a lot more quiet and drives better”, Bubbey adds.
The company based in Coventry, that was the sole supplier of black London taxis for the last 70 years, was placed under legal restraint in 2013 before being bought by Chinese car maker Geely, also owner of Volvo.
Wi-Fi and chargers
The new model is bigger and can transport up to six passengers in comfort under a transparent roof. Passengers have wireless Wi-Fi for internet access, USB chargers for smartphones, a power plug and a wireless bank card reader.
10.000 pounds more expensive
The TX eCity costs 55.000 pounds (62.000 euro), being 10.000 pounds more expensive than its predecessor. But the manufacturer estimates the drivers can save up to 100 pounds a week on fuel.
The new taxis can drive up to 130 km on battery power, but have a small petrol generator acting as a range extender which gives them an autonomy of 607 km. An average London taxi driver does some 193 km a day.