12 July 2017
LEVC (London EV Company) has announced its first major European export order for its new electric taxi, the TX.
The deal will see LEVC work with Rotterdam-based RMC (Rotterdam Mobility Centre) and their affiliates to provide zero-emission accessible transport in Amsterdam and beyond. 225 electric taxis will be exported as part of this deal. Most of the vehicles will be directly owned by RMC and a smaller number will be leased or sold to subsidiaries.
This partnership deal is a significant step on LEVC’s journey to becoming a multi-product, multi-market company. LEVC currently has over an 80% market share for purpose-built taxis in London – and has developed a new electric vehicle that will allow it to expand beyond the UK capital. For this reason, the TX, the business’ new electric taxi, has undergone extensive testing to ensure it can operate in any condition.
With advice and support from the Department for International Trade, LEVC are exploring their collaborative options across Europe. The first major success in Europe is the appointment of RMC as the LEVC importer for the Netherlands.
Founded in the 1980s, RMC provides mobility services in The Hague, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Having won Amsterdam’s Additional Public Transportation contract, they will provide 850,000 rides a year for elderly and disabled people in the city who are unable to travel using public transport. The majority of these journeys will be completed using LEVC’s TX electric taxi.
International Trade Minister, Mark Garnier MP said:
“Last year, more UK cars were exported than ever before and this new partnership between LEVC and RMC is yet another vote of confidence in the UK’s highly competitive automotive industry.”
“The UK has world leading expertise in manufacturing and developing low carbon vehicles, and I’m delighted that DIT has helped LEVC secure its first overseas order in the Netherlands.”
Cees Tommel, CEO of RMC said:
“RMC works to ensure that everyone can actively participate in society – allowing those with accessibility issues to go to school, visit family or complete other vital trips. By using LEVC’s world-leading purpose-built electric taxi we can now provide this mobility service whilst cutting emissions.”
Chris Gubbey, CEO of LEVC said:
“RMC are European experts in providing Mobility as a Service – focusing on delivering safe, reliable green transport for their customers. We are therefore delighted to be their partner in bringing purpose-built, connected electric taxis to the streets of Amsterdam.”
LEVC’s range-extended electric taxi, the TX, is currently completing the final stages of its million-mile testing programme and will be on the streets of London this year. RMC will be the first company to receive the left-hand drive version of the TX at the start of 2018.