Busting myths & answering FAQ about The Electric Taxi | LEVC

Learn more about the Range of TX

Read our frequently asked questions

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 NEDC (New European Drive Cycle) 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.

However, it is widely recognised that these can be difficult to achieve in ‘real-world’ driving. As a result of this, we state the official electric-only range of TX as 80.6 miles, but have chosen to use a more representative figure of 64 miles when calculating and presenting fuel costs in our marketing literature.

4. An NEDC official published range of 80.6 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.

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 NEDC (New European Drive Cycle) 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. That’s why even though our officially published figures are stated as an 80.6-mile range, we have chosen a more likely figure of 64 miles 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 battery range affected by cold weather conditions, if so what can be done to help mitigate this?


There are a number of variables which can impact the battery range, such as operator habits, traffic conditions, and even ambient temperature.

Every component in the new TX has been designed to be as efficient as possible to minimise the load on the battery and therefore the detrimental effect on the range, however as with any vehicle regardless of the drivetrain or fuel type, the more electrical systems operated, the more ‘fuel’ is used. This means, winter road conditions will have an impact on the efficiency of any electric vehicle.

This effect is less noticeable on conventionally powered vehicles with long ranges between fuel stops - and thankfully eCity technology used in the new TX ensures this same flexibility is retained - but we recognise it can be a surprise to see the impact cold weather has on your miles per kWh. We will be sharing shortly a guide to ‘Driving TX this Winter’, with more information about this phenomenon, as well as tips and advice for driving TX during the wintery months ahead. An announcement will be made online soon.

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