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Published on March 10th, 2017 | by James Ayre


London Taxi Company TX5 Prototype Spy Shots

March 10th, 2017 by  

An early version of the London Taxi Company’s TX5, a range-extended electric car that will be rolled out en masse on London’s streets in a few years, was recently spotted in the wild.

As we don’t have rights to the images in question, you’ll have to click over to Autoblog‘s coverage to take a look.

To my eyes, the lightly camouflaged London Taxi Company TX5 is looking pretty good. Presumably, it will end up meeting this year’s production deadline, but that’s a bit hard to tell for sure from just a couple of pictures.

Here’s more on the new spy shots: “The TX5 is still instantly identifiable as a London taxi, but it’s been modernized and sharpened up when compared to the current TX4. It now has suicide rear doors with stylish doorhandles that connect the front and rear, a bit like the outgoing Rolls-Royce Phantom. The headlights are no longer simple circles, taking a shape that blends with the bodywork more. The same goes for the taillights. The hood is also wider and flatter than the TX4, and the curved character lines down the flanks appear to have been toned down.”

Of course, we also have the concept photo at the top straight from London Taxi Company.

Overall, I think the TX5 is about what you’d expect from a complete redesign of the idea of a London-style taxi. This electric taxi — along with Metrocabs — represents an integral part of the City of London’s efforts to clean up its air and deal with the growing air pollution and health problems in the city.

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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