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London Electric Taxis Now Performing Testing On London’s Streets

The final phase of the testing of LEVC’s electric black cab taxis has now begun in London — with 6 test vehicles now being put through the paces in real-world conditions in England’s capital — according to a new press release from the iconic taxi company.

The final phase of the testing of LEVC’s electric black cab taxis has now begun in London — with 6 test vehicles now being put through the paces in real-world conditions in England’s capital — according to a new press release from the iconic taxi company.

This test fleet deployment follows on months of testing in various extreme weather conditions around the world — from the ice, snow, and cold of the Arctic region, to the sweltering heat and aridity of Death Valley in the US — and precedes the January 2018 deadline that calls for all newly licensed taxis in London to be capable of operating in a zero-emissions mode.

Chris Gubbey, CEO of the LEVC, commented: “We are incredibly excited to deliver our 6 test vehicles to the streets of London today. Made in the UK, this is set to be the best taxi in the world for the best taxi service in the world.”

Notably, the new test fleet’s drivers are actual London cab drivers. These drivers will be helping the operators of the test pilot gather information on the emissions savings benefit of the new offering, and also providing feedback on the performance of London’s associated electric vehicle and taxi charging infrastructure.

Chris Gubbey continued: “We will now be able to accurately quantify the significant improvements these vehicles will make to London’s air quality which will benefit all Londoners regardless of whether you use taxis or not. For those that do, the experience will be transformational.”

The press release provides more: “New features include six seats, contactless card machines, onboard wi-fi, laptop and USB charging, a panoramic roof, and an aluminum body that is stronger and will better protect the passenger. In addition, London’s passengers should expect an unrivalled ride quality, class leading wheelchair accessibility, air-conditioning, phone charging and a much more spacious cabin.

“World class active and passive safety systems will help to protect both the vehicle and other road users. These include forward collision warnings, autonomous emergency braking and emergency brake assistance. All of which will act to reinforce the black cab trade’s global reputation for safety.”

Also noteworthy is that the new taxis feature an on-board sat-nav system designed to help drivers pre-identify congested areas and plan different routes; as well as locate charging infrastructure.

Related: London Taxi Company Going Electric (#CleanTechnica Original)

 
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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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