The firm is also installing several fast charge points at the dealership to provide West London cab drivers with more access to charging facilities
One of the largest Volvo Car dealer groups in the UK is to operate an electric taxi franchise in London. Endeavour Automotive in Chiswick will be selling LEVC’s TX from the start of August.
It decided to become a franchise holder after seeing the popularity of the new taxi with passengers and drivers, as well as the level of support from both national and city government for the electric taxi project.
With the TX, LEVC has completely redesigned the taxi with the customer in mind, offering passengers a premium experience in an electrically driven vehicle. On-board wi-fi, phone and laptop charging are all included, effectively making the new taxi a mobile office for passengers. In addition, there is more space with six seats and a new retractable integrated ramp making it quicker and easier for drivers to load passengers in wheelchairs in a new forward facing position.
The firm is also building a number of taxi dedicated fast charge points to give cabbies greater access to charging in West London. These will supplement the 52 dedicated rapid chargers which are set aside for taxi use in London. These charge points can be found on street and in 5 Q-parks across London, including China Town, Harley Street, Pimlico, Oxford Street and Knightsbridge.
“The extension of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone and arrival of electric taxis are measures that will significantly improve air quality in West London,” said Adrian Wallington, managing director Endeavour Automotive. “And alongside a significant increase in demand for more environmentally friendly passenger vehicles in the capital, we’re delighted to be part of this taxi revolution, especially as the new TX can offer savings of up to £100 per week in fuel for the average London taxi driver."
As well as improving the city’s air quality, TX customers and their passengers will benefit from the TX’s new multi-filter system that works to remove gases and particles from the incoming air. Also, an in-built air quality sensor automatically closes the external air intake if it detects increased levels of pollution in the outside air.
The TX uses eCity technology which combines a small petrol generator (known as a “range-extender”) with a class leading battery and proven electric powertrain. The eCity platform will give drivers a range of up to 377 miles.
In addition, the move to electric will save drivers on average £100 a week in fuel. Whilst on a PCP contract the vehicle will cost £177 per week, which compares with £167 per week for the outgoing diesel vehicle.
Further cost savings come from service intervals that jump from 12,000 miles to 25,000 miles, while the TX is quicker to repair resulting in less downtime.
All Londoners will also benefit from active and passive safety systems, designed to help protect both the vehicle and other road users. These include forward collision warnings, autonomous emergency breaking and emergency brake assistance, while the TX combines an extremely strong, rigid aluminium body shell with crash protection to the highest international standards, reinforcing the black cab trade’s reputation for safety.
LEVC is currently looking for further dealer partners for the electric taxi in cities around the UK.
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