We’ve estimated that professional taxi drivers in London can typically save around £100 a week by upgrading to the new TX. But how have we worked out this seemingly far-fetched figure that could save you up to £24,155 over five years.
Let’s say you drive 120 miles per day, five days a week. And let’s also say you’ve found an especially good deal at the pumps and you’re paying 117.7p per litre of diesel. Based on our previous model, the TX4 LE Euro 6, which delivered official fuel economy of 33 mpg (though this tended to be closer to 23mpg in real-world conditions), you can expect a weekly fuel bill of £139.
With the new TX, you’ll be able to recharge the battery overnight and leave fully charged each morning. At the national average electricity price of 12p per kWh, this would cost you about £13.95 per week. And if you’re on an economy 7 tariff, that cost could be even lower.
We’ve also assumed, as is the case for most drivers of electric vehicles, you’ll take advantage of the charging infrastructure whilst you’re out and about, topping up the battery for about 20 minutes each day. If you visit a ‘Fast’ charging point, you can expect an average cost of about 21p per kWh, and you’ll be able to replenish roughly 70% of the battery in that time. Fuel cost wise, that adds around £17 per week, taking us to a total of £37 so far. Topping up on a rapid charger takes less time but can cost a few pence more per kWh.
So, when adjusted for real-world conditions, a full charge will take you approximately 64 miles on pure electrical energy. With a full charge overnight and a partial top-up during the day, you’ll be able to cover over 100 emissions-free miles. And thanks to the flexible eCity drivetrain, the remainder can be covered using the petrol range-extender, without the need to stop again to recharge.
That means you would be able to travel up to 533 miles per week on pure electric energy, leaving only 67 miles of your 600-total to be covered by the petrol range extender. And as the range-extender isn’t powering the drivetrain, not only should you still be able to achieve the officially stated fuel consumption of 36.7 mpg, you’ll spend less than £10 per week based on the stated average costs of petrol.
So, with all the variables considered, we estimate a total weekly fuel bill of £41, compared to £139 in the previous model. And that could save you as much as £98 per week.
TX is available from just £177 per week*. Thinking of changing or selling your current taxi?
Terms & Conditions
*Terms & Conditions apply. Business users only. Finance offer available on Personal Contract Purchase 6.9% APR Representative; figures based on TX VISTA at £55,599 OTR with a customer deposit of £3,250 followed by 60 monthly payments of £764.46 (equivalent weekly payments of £176.41) plus an optional final payment of £18,880 (plus an option to purchase fee of £10). Based upon an annual contracted mileage of 30,000 (150,000 miles over term). All prices inclusive of VAT. £0 deposits may be available and can be paid on collection; the above is an example deposit based on the finance illustration. Two, three or four year plans are also available. Other models are available. 3 years 120,000 miles comprehensive vehicle / 5 years unlimited mileage drive battery warranties included. You have the option at the end of the agreement to return the vehicle to Black Horse Taxi Finance and not pay the Final Payment. If the vehicle has exceeded the allowed mileage a charge per excess mile will apply. In this example, 6p + VAT per excess mile. If the vehicle is in good condition and has not exceeded the allowed mileage you will have nothing further to pay. Credit is subject to status and is only available to UK residents aged 18 and over. Finance is provided by Black Horse Taxi Finance a trading style of Black Horse Ltd, St William House, Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff CF10 5BH. Excludes Meter, credit card equipment and any local authority fees. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. OTR figure is net of OLEV Plug in Taxi Grant which is up to £7,500 and is subject to European Whole Vehicle Type Approval and European Commission state aid notification. All prices and promotions are valid for vehicles ordered before 30 June 2018.