10 July 2018
From the phasing out of leaded petrol to the introduction of catalytic converters to modern-day efforts to reduce urban nitrogen dioxide levels, the last few decades have seen a gradual but significant reduction of long-term health risks caused by vehicle emissions. As well as being a public health concern this is particularly relevant to professional drivers, such as the taxi drivers who spend their working days on the busiest roads in London. The good news is that LEVC’s new electric taxi will be the cleanest and safest vehicle yet in which to earn a living.
Clean, green and electric
In the modern era, all new vehicles have to meet strict regulations, not only on carbon and nitrogen dioxide emissions but also on electromagnetic radiation. Low, harmless levels of this type of radiation are around us every day, in everything from pylons to microwaves. It was never likely that the TX’s electric battery would even come close to exceeding safe levels of radiation; nevertheless, it was tested by the Vehicle Certification Agency and was declared safe for drivers, passengers and other road users.
The extra mile
Our drivers spend much of their working day in close proximity to the battery, so LEVC considered it necessary to gain additional accreditation from another specialist testing body, the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). Their stringent guidelines are designed to protect against any adverse health effects as a result of frequent long-term exposure to electric and magnetic fields.
The ICNIRP carry out extensive testing in an enclosure containing a ‘rolling road’, on which a vehicle is driven while radiation of different types is measured in more than 60 areas inside the vehicle. Drivers will be pleased to hear that the highest recorded reading was a tiny 8.5% of the safe limit prescribed by the guidelines, recorded on the passenger compartment floor area, with the highest measurement inside the driver’s compartment recorded at just 2.6%.
Health with your wealth
In contrast to electromagnetic radiation, poor air quality in the capital has a significant impact on the health of Londoners. Which is why we have developed eCity technology, making our taxis zero-emissions capable and helping to lower the levels of carbon and nitrogen dioxide that affects drivers, passengers, and other road users.
By Alastair Fairgrieve - Product Manager for TX at LEVC