April 2018, London, England
The introduction of the new range-extended electric taxi is intended to give cab drivers the latest technology – reducing running costs and ensuring a smoother, more pleasant experience for passengers. However, as with any big change – there will always be a number of concerns and rumours about some of the details. LEVC have spent months consulting with cab drivers, covering every facet of the new model’s creation, the painstaking testing procedures it has undergone, and how it will change cabbies’ working day for the better. Here are our replies to some of the most common questions about the new TX electric taxi.
Will TX cost me more to run /maintain?
An electric powertrain means far lower fuel costs than previous taxi models. Electricity is considerably cheaper than diesel, so drivers can expect to save approximately £100 per week on fuel costs by adopting new, electric eCity technology. At the same time, fewer moving parts and innovative regenerative braking mean less wear and tear. You also benefit by much greater service intervals – just every 25,000 miles.
Won’t TX take too long to charge up?
Rapid charging points can recharge the TX in just half an hour, meaning your cab could be charged in the time it takes to grab a cup of tea or bite of lunch. TfL have committed to installing 150 of these rapid chargers in London by the end of the year – whilst additional rapid chargers are being installed at petrol stations, shopping centres and airports around London.
Are there enough charging points?
LEVC are working with local authorities and the government to install more infrastructure dedicated specifically to taxi drivers. For example, TfL promises to install a total of 300 dedicated charge points in London by the end of 2020. We are working with private companies to increase the investment in charge points for drivers.
I’ve heard the battery emits radiation - is this true?
All vehicles manufactured in the UK have to meet strict regulations around electromagnetic radiation levels in order to be sold around Europe. The Vehicle Certification Agency oversee these tests in the UK, and our cab passed these with flying colours. In addition, our battery technology has been used in other Geely group vehicles including Volvo Cars, with owners covering millions upon millions of miles.
The price of the new TX seems high – how can drivers afford it?
The on-the-road price of the vehicle, including the battery, is £55,599. However, the PCP finance deal available with the new model provides affordable weekly payments as low as £177 over five years – this compares with £167 per week over four years for the previous vehicle. When you buy a new TX, you also benefit from a comprehensive three-year/120,000-mile warranty and a separate unlimited mileage, five-year warranty for the battery (which is class leading).
Don’t forget the investment cost is offset by reduced running costs.