Published on July 14th, 2017 | by James Ayre0
London Taxi Company Rebrands Itself As London EV Company, Dutch Company Orders 225 Vehicles
July 14th, 2017 by James Ayre
The much-discussed London Taxi Company has relaunched itself as the London EV Company (LEVC), as part of its general transition towards the emerging electric vehicle fleet market.
In concert with the rebranding, the London EV Company has revealed the final, production version of its London Taxi (The TX), as well as the eCity technology being utilized, “comprising an advanced battery electric powertrain with a small gasoline generator.”
With regard to its use in The TX, the eCity technology will allow for a total range of more than 400 miles and an all-electric range of more than 70 miles per full charge.
As we reported recently, the London EV Company’s TX product has been undergoing extensive testing in the desert heat of Arizona and in the cold of the Arctic Circle in recent times. The intent is to demonstrate that the product will hold up well to constant use in extreme environments — thus demonstrating the effectiveness of the offering to the fleet operators located in such environments.
As it stands, The TX is set to be launched in London later in 2017. Orders open on August 1st.
That said, some large fleet orders have already been taken, including a recent order for 225 vehicles by the Netherlands-based taxi operator RMC.
As a reminder here, the London EV Company’s development and expansion efforts have been the result of a £325 million ($422 million) investment by the China-based firm Geely, which also bought Volvo in 2010. The London EV Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Geely.