18 December 2019
London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) Slough is extending its 48-hour test drive scheme of its TX electric taxi in Reading due to unprecedented demand and popularity. Since the launch of the test drive scheme in November 2019, all available test drive slots have been allocated and local taxis drivers have been able to get substantial time behind the wheel of the world’s most advanced, purpose-built taxi.
For drivers that are interested in test driving the TX, the Slough dealership located at Bath Road in Berkshire will now be taking on additional extended test drive bookings, as the scheme extends until February 2020.
The TX has already received very positive feedback from taxi drivers in the area who have participated in the extended test-drive scheme. One driver rated both the driver experience and the level of comfort in TX “excellent” and another went on to say, “very nice-looking vehicle, drives great, passengers loved it”. 100% of drivers interviewed confirmed that they would think about switching to an LEVC electric taxi in the future.
Tony Page, Reading's Lead Councillor for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport, said:
“We know that road transport is the largest source of carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution in Reading and the Council is determined to do everything we can to build on our success to date and create a net zero carbon Reading by 2030.
“The Council has adopted a package of measures which – over a number of years – will reduce and eventually remove altogether the most polluting black cabs on Reading’s roads. This will help to improve local air quality and reduce the impact that air pollution has on the health of Reading’s residents. Sat alongside Reading’s new emissions policy for taxis, initiatives such as this by LEVC Slough will play an important role in helping to convince taxi drivers of the benefits, both to Reading and to themselves, of switching to an electric vehicle.“I know the trial is being well received already and I would urge as many of Reading’s taxi drivers as possible to try a test drive"