- London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) joined hands with Exclusive Motors to bring its cab TX to India soon.
- TX is a zero-emission capable, fully electric cab, introduced first in 2018.
- According to LEVC, “TX is the perfect vehicle for city mobility and suburban flexibility.”
LEVC is one the oldest auto manufacturers in the world, with its beginning in 1908. The company is a subsidiary of China-based Geely. From their trademark vehicle London Taxi to its more recent electric vehicles, their reputation precedes their venture into India.
Satya Bagla, Managing Director, Exclusive Motors commented, “India is an emerging market for electric vehicles, and there could not be a better time for LEVC to make its foray into the country. The technology, aesthetics and practicality of the vehicle are certain to win over the Indian customers in the days to come.”
Initially, the TX, meant to be a replacement for new diesel-powered taxis resembles the conventional taxis of London. To comply with Transport for London’s Taxi Private Hire Regulations, LEVC launched its TX as a zero-emission capable, plug-in hybrid range-extender electric vehicle.
Design and Battery
TX, with a unique design platform and underpinned by a bonded aluminium chassis, is manufactured in the UK. It comes with an onboard charging system and a range extender that is desirable in transitioning countries like India.
As for the power, TX comes with a full-electric hybrid powertrain. LEVC’s proven eCity technology renders the hackney carriage EV capable of zero-emissions for 101km yet with a flexible range of over 510 km.
The vehicle drives in full-electric mode normally, but in times of insufficient charge and stranded a distance away from charging stations, it is recharged by an 81-hp Volvo sourced 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine. The petrol engine achieves 36.7 mpg on its own.
Further, a 33-kilowatt-hour battery pack from LG Chem powers a 110 kW Siemens built electric motor for traction.
The eco-friendly vehicle has a spacious passenger environment with six passenger seats, wheelchair accessibility and a purpose-built partition separating the driver from occupants.
On LEVC’s venture into the Indian EV auto market, Alan Gemmell, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for South Asia said: “I am pleased that LEVC’s innovative future mobility solutions is embracing the opportunities in India’s dynamic and growing electric vehicle market. The UK and India have ambitious plans to deepen our trade and investment partnership and bring benefits to both economies, and this is a great example of what we can do together.”