3rd November 2020, Ansty
Six electric TX Shuttles from LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) made their debut on 29 October through three districts of Wuppertal: Uellendahl-Katernberg, Elberfeld and Elberfeld West. With its purpose-built design, eCity technology and small, agile turning circle, TX has convinced the WSW Group to join its transport infrastructure. In the test area, the so-called WSW Cabs can approach 4,000 fixed pick up stations at which passengers board and disembark.
With the WSW Cabs and the Hol mich! App, WSW is participating in the "Bergisch Smart Mobility" research project of the three cities of Wuppertal, Solingen and Remscheid, the Bergische Universität Wuppertal, the Bergische Struktur- und Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft and the company APTIV Services.
TX Shuttle is a variant of the electric TX, the iconic London taxi and is designed, engineered and built in Britain by LEVC. The vehicle features a range-extended electric powertrain with a pure EV range of 62 miles (101km) and a total flexible range of 316 miles (510km), making it ideal for a hard-working, high demand city transport service. Buyers can apply for the BAFA eco-rebate for the vehicle and receive €3,750.
All TX Shuttles feature a spacious passenger environment with six seats with wheelchair accessibilty. In addition, its purpose-built protection screen separates the driver and passenger area compartments, making travelling in TX one of the safest ways to travel.
CEO Jörg Hofmann said:
“I’m pleased that our TX is joining the transport service for Wuppertal and confident that it will contribute strongly to the success of the "Bergisch Smart Mobility" research project. Not only can TX be operated emission-free and is easy to manoeuvre through city streets, but its protective interior environment offers a high quality and safe passenger experience, which is essential during these Covid times.”
The WSW sees on-demand traffic as a complement to public transport. "On-demand can be a solution for neighbourhoods that are currently inadequately connected by buses," says head ofWSW Markus Hilkenbach. Thanks to their small turning circle, the vehicles are particularly flexible in road traffic and reach stops that cannot be served by buses. "In combination with digital technology,we can thus offer our customers a service that is tailored to the mobility needs of the users and at the same time flexible," says WSW mobil managing director Ulrich Jaeger.
The offer is completely digital, everything goes through Hol mich! App, which users have to download to their smartphones. Via the app, customers can see where WSW Cabs are currently on the road. If a trip request is registered, information about the arrival time of the vehicle is displayed. The app also handles the billing of the fare. Payment can be made via Paypal or credit card.
The operating hours of the light blue WSW Cabs are Monday to Thursday from 6 am to 10 pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 6 am to 3 am and Sundays from 8 am to 10 pm. Due to the wide time window, the project partners want to get detailed figures on user behaviour.
With the WSW Cabs and the Hol mich! App, the WSW is participating in the research project "Bergisch Smart Mobility" of the three cities of Wuppertal, Solingen and Remscheid, the Bergische Universität Wuppertal, the Bergische Struktur- und Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft and the company APTIV Services.
The project is limited until the end of 2021. But based on the experience gained in Wuppertal, the project partners want to develop digital mobility solutions that can be transferred to other municipalities.