It’s no thing of beauty, the TX electric taxi from London EV Company (formerly known as the London Taxi Company). But it represents all the latest thinking about what the taxi of the future should be. In appearance, it emulates the boxy black Austin cabs that have served London for generations.
It may be homely as the north end of a southbound horse, but its wide rear doors and generous dimensions in the passenger section ensure riders of a comfortable ride while traipsing around London. And now LEVC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Geely, is bringing the TX to cities in Germany, thanks to a partnership with Volvo Germany, which will import, sell and maintain the vehicles for the German market. Volvo is also owned by Geely and has had a presence in Germany for years.
The iconic London taxi was previously powered by diesel engines, but the new TX taxi from LEVC is a battery electric car with an onboard range extender engine. It has an all electric range of 80 miles and a total range with the help of the range extender engine of 377 miles. Not only is the TX quieter than its diesel powered cousins, it offers both drivers and passengers a host of safety and comfort features that are state of the art.
The TX features a quiet, vibration-free ride and has space for up to 6 passengers. It has onboard wifi and multiple charging points for cell phones and other electronic devices. An advanced air filtration system removes odors and particles from incoming air. Automatic sensors close to protect the driver and passengers if polluted outside air is detected.
The TX comes with forward collision warnings, autonomous emergency braking, and emergency brake assistance, according to Electric Vehicles Research. It combines an extremely strong and rigid aluminum body shell with crash protection that meets the highest international standards. It focuses on mobility issues as well, with a retractable integrated ramp that makes it easier for passengers in wheelchairs to enter and exit the vehicle. Other accessibility features include induction loops for hearing aids as well as contrasting grab handles and seat edges for those with impaired vision.
Like many European countries, Germany is struggling to lower carbon emissions from the transportation sector. Not only will the electric TX taxi help in that regard, but it will also help educate passengers to the benefits of driving electric and encourage them to choose an electric car for their own use next time they are in the market for a new car.