350 electric black cabs now on road across UK

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LEVC, the electric vehicle company responsible for transforming the black cab, has announced that it now has 350 range extended electric taxis on the road across the UK. This includes just over 300 vehicles in London.

In December 2017, LEVC revealed its intention to revolutionise the taxi sector and introduced the first range extended electric vehicle onto London’s streets. Since then, these electric black cabs have covered thousands of green miles.

Over the course of a calendar year, these 350 taxis are expected to:

  • Cover 10.7 million miles, a distance equivalent to going to the moon and back 20 times.
  • Save their owners £1.8m in fuel costs
  • Will reduce CO2 emissions from the taxi sector by 2,450 tonnes

Nor are benefits only restricted to London. Electric taxis are now a familiar sight around the UK, with cabbies in Birmingham, Coventry, Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham and Sheffield now driving these vehicles. The vehicle is also on sale in Germany, Holland and Norway.

Completely redesigned with the customer in mind, the latest electric taxi boasts on-board wi-fi, phone and laptop charging and includes six seats as well as wheelchair accessibility.

Says Chris Gubbey, CEO of LEVC:

“We’re proud to have reached this milestone. Electric vehicles are the future and this is a big step towards improving air quality across the UK. The new cab also provides both passengers and drivers with an enhanced experience.

“Not only does it deliver state-of-the-art connectivity and experience for the passenger, but the quieter, smoother vehicle offers drivers a relaxing environment, which has been proven to reduce stress levels.”

 Cab drivers based in London benefit from 52 dedicated rapid chargers which are set aside for their use. Transport for London have committed to installing 90 of these units by the end of 2018.

Chris Price