Pound for pound, Aluminium absorbs twice as much energy as mild-steel, effectively dissipating the forces experienced in a crash. We use hot-cured adhesive to bond our body structure together, a process more than twice as strong as welding that allows long, consistent contact across the entire joint. Similar technology has been used successfully in aerospace and sports cars for over 20 years. Is the panoramic roof safe? The panoramic roof creates a light and breezy atmosphere in the passenger compartment, and gives passengers a new perspective on the city.
The thick, laminated glass is similar to that used for the windscreen. It contains a special tinting layer that block 95% of emitted light energy entering the cabin, helping to keep the interior at a comfortable temperature. Due to its location, it is also far less susceptible to damage than a windscreen - and if the worse should happen it is far quicker and easier to replace than a traditional roof panel, minimising repair costs.
As well as its inaccessible location beneath the vehicle, the battery pack weighs almost 350kg. There are 35 different fixings, as well as the exhaust, high voltage wiring and cooling system, that would need to be disconnected before removal. Without specialised equipment and a vehicle lift, removal of the battery is virtually impossible.
All vehicles manufactured in the UK have to meet strict regulations around electromagnetic radiation levels in order to be sold around Europe. The Vehicle Certification Agency oversee these tests in the UK, and our cab passed these with flying colours. In addition, our battery technology has been used in other Geely group vehicles including Volvo Cars, with owners covering millions upon millions of miles.
Yes, at time of publish the Vision Track VT1000 has been approved by TfL for use in the TX Vista model taxi. LEVC are not involved in the approval process, however to facilitate fitment of aftermarket accessories - such as dash cams - TX comes with a dedicated wiring harness which is compatible with most versions.
One of the many advantages of electric propulsion is the removal of engine noise. However, we have become accustomed to using the sound of an engine as warning of an approaching vehicle; this is particularly true of vulnerable road users and service animals.
There is currently no legislation in force requiring electric vehicles to generate an artificial noise. Noise generating systems that operate at different vehicle speeds, volumes or with differing types of sound are potentially confusing to other road users. It is also argued that such a noise could negate the noise pollution benefits of an electric vehicle. To resolve these challenges, a common standard is currently being developed.
New legislation requiring a pedestrian warning sound, known as AVAS, comes into force on 1st July 2019 for newly type-approved vehicles (i.e. the launch of an all-new vehicle). From 1st July 2021 the legislation extends to all newly registered vehicles. We are therefore developing an AVAS system in-line with this legislation and aim to introduce it at the earliest opportunity.
TX is already fitted with a sophisticated active safety system called Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB). This system monitors the road ahead using cameras and radar sensors and if a vulnerable road user is at risk, the vehicle will apply the brakes automatically to avoid a collision. A range of additional driver aids, such as parking sensors and a rear camera, are also available to help drivers take extra care when manoeuvring in busy congested areas.