Busting myths & answering FAQ about The Electric Taxi | LEVC

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1. Would it save much battery if you turned the lights and radio off during the day?


The saving would be so minimal it would be unnoticeable. Just as in a conventional petrol or diesel vehicle, by having the lights on you wouldn't notice a change in fuel mpg, the same is true here with TX and battery range.

2. Is it the case that if the range-extender is turned on inside the Low Emission Zone that your vehicle will attract a charge?


Not necessarily. Typically a Low Emission Zone will consist of a charge for any vehicle which does not reach a minimum standard for emissions to enter this zone. As TX meets the required emission standards in London, it is exempt from the scheme or is subject to a 100% discount if a charge in inadvertently applied.

3. How was the official electric range calculated? Was it on a straight run, with or without traffic, lights and heating on?


The WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) test is the official standard all European car manufacturers are obliged to follow when publishing range, fuel economy and emissions data. The tests are intended to provide repeatable, consistent figures for comparison and are therefore generally performed on a dynamometer.

4. A WLTP Pure electric-only range of 62 miles? But the Tesla can do 200+ miles.


Our battery has been chosen because it is an appropriate size to cover most taxi driver’s daily usage. Bigger batteries are required in high-performance passenger vehicles to ensure adequate real-world range is maintained when the power available is utilised. Bigger batteries mean more cost and more weight, reducing the efficiency and running cost advantages of the electric taxi. There are no plans to change the batteries used in TX.

5. I travel 60-70 miles per day- will the TX be able to cope?


Absolutely!  A recent feasibility study carried out by our Manchester dealership showed that over 70% of taxi drivers within the region travelled approximately 70 miles on their average working day. That means that for most of Manchester’s taxi drivers, an overnight charge would enable them to carry out almost all their working day on pure electric power, if they chose to do so. With the backup of the petrol generator adding almost 300 miles, nobody travelling this distance needs suffer from range-anxiety.​

6. Does the petrol range-extender connect to the electric motor or does it charge the batteries to operate the electric motor?


TX is powered by an electric motor that drives the rear wheels, the range-extender supports the electric motor to remove any range-anxiety. There is no mechanical connection between the range-extender & the wheels, it is there to maintain the charge in the battery pack if & when required.

7. How does the new TX stand up to the published electric-range figures?


Like all European vehicle manufacturers, we are obliged to use the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) test to determine our published range, fuel economy, and emissions figures. As this testing is intended to provide repeatable and consistent figures for comparison, it is usually carried out on a dynamometer. But, as most real-word vehicle owners know, such figures can be hard to achieve in daily driving. The officially published WLTP Pure EV range is 62 miles and we have used this figure when calculating and presenting fuel costs.

8. Why does the electric range differ if I use an on-street rapid charger and my 7kW home charger?


This is because the range forecast is based on the temperature of the battery and a warmer battery operates more efficiently. When charging on-street the battery is warmer, because the vehicle has been in use. When charging at home, set the pre-conditioning to help everything warm up before you hit the road to maximise your range. We will release a TX guide to pre-conditioning soon.

9. Is the Pure Electric range effected by cold weather conditions?


The published electric range figures are determined by the official test procedures and, as with official fuel economy data, LEVC are legally required to communicate these figures. The tests are conducted in laboratory conditions and are designed primarily to provide a consistent comparison between different vehicle models. Efficiency will vary during real-world driving due to the huge number of variables involved; such as driver behaviour, ambient temperature, traffic conditions, equipment used, number of passengers on-board and so on.

A new standard for measuring emissions, energy consumption and range was introduced for all vehicle manufacturers in September 2018, which means you will see different figures shown for the same vehicle. The WLTP test (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) replaces the NEDC standard that has been used since 1992 and is designed to produce figures more representative of real-world driving. If you’d like to know more about the new WLTP test, more information can be found at www.wltpfacts.eu.

Because we recognise that the official range can be difficult to achieve, we have always used real-world data to calculate the fuel savings possible and instead we use this number in all of our Marketing material. The real-world average range of 63 miles has been determined by monitoring the performance of several drivers over many months. In the summer months it is possible to achieve better than this figure and conversely in the winter the figure will be lower. Temperature affects the efficiency of all vehicles, but affects electric vehicles in particular as both the batteries and occupants prefer to be at a comfortable temperature and there is no ‘free’ heat source as in an internal combustion vehicle. There are ways of reducing energy consumption, particularly during cold weather; why not watch our Driving Tips Video Guide below.

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While the electric-only range is important for many reasons, it is not the best measure of overall efficiency. TX features a range-extender, so not only can it operate as a pure electric vehicle, it provides the flexibility and peace of mind of a conventional powertrain, but with greater efficiency. If the battery is depleted and it is not convenient to recharge, operating on the range-extender returns fuel economy more than 25% better than our previous TX4 Euro 6 model, with significantly lower tailpipe emissions. Through a combination of re-charging the battery when convenient and operating on petrol power when it is not, we would still expect drivers to achieve significant fuel savings over their previous diesel cab.

10. I see a new standard for measuring emissions, energy consumption & range has been introduced, how does this effect TX?


The WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) test replaces the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) for all vehicle manufacturers. The test is designed to provide official figures closer to what drivers could achieve in the real-world, but the main purpose is still to enable comparisons between different vehicles.

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11. How is the vehicle’s available range calculated?


The vehicle predicts the range available using an algorithm based on fuel level, temperature, energy usage and driving history. A typical forecast, considering the 36 litre fuel tank and a fuel economy of around 32.1mpg would be around 254 miles (36/4.54609x32.1 = 254). If you have been driving frugally, this range forecast will increase. A brand new vehicle may not have travelled very far, and the actual fuel economy achieved may therefore be lower, and the forecast is adjusted to suit. As the new vehicle covers more miles in different usage and achieves better fuel economy, the range forecast will increase.

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