New London taxi paves way for LCV range
The next generation of London's iconic black cab has been unveiled in the city's East End.
With the new taxi, the TX eCity, the company name has also changed from LTC to LEVC. This reflects the ambition of the company's owner, the Chinese Geely automobile manufacturing giant, which has also owned the Volvo car brand since 2010, to create the "urban commercial vehicle provider of choice".
Of significance is that around this time next year, it will be expanding the offering to include an as yet unspecified light commercial vehicle. This is likely to share driveline technology with the new taxi, which features an all-electric system with a small range extending internal combustion engine.
This is said to provide up to 400 miles of range, including 70 miles with zero tailpipe emissions.
The TX is powered by a battery electric powertrain with a 1.3-litre petrol generator. Called eCity, the range-extender technology can charge from empty to almost full in 20 minutes on a rapid charge. Fast chargering will take around two hours, or around eight to 10 hour on a trickle charge.