Electric Black Cabs Now Available in Scotland

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Following the roll-out of the electric black cab to Norway earlier this year, the London Electric Vehicle Company (LVEC) announced this week it started selling the model in Edinburgh as well, following a deal it struck with Union Motor Company.
The electric taxi, called TX, uses a battery electric powertrain coupled with a small petrol generator to help the car not run out of power in the middle of a fare. LVEC says that its vehicle is good for 640 km (400 miles), only 128 km (80 miles) of which in all-electric mode.

When out of power, the cab can be charged to full capacity within 20 minutes on a rapid charger, two hours with a fast charger and a lengthy ten hours on a trickle charger.

The main reason why cabbies are to choose this car as their ride is the fact that it may significantly cut the fuel cost that comes with operating them. As per LEVC calculations, a driver who usually covers 100 miles a day will save up to £458 per month.

In Edinburgh, charging the electric vehicles can be done via the charge points installed at Union Motors locations.

“This is the future of all vehicles – they will be essential to protect our urban environment and improve air quality,” said in a statement Danny Flynn, LEVC founder.

“We have always been a forward-thinking company, and we like to be involved in the pioneering of any new technology.  We are very excited to come on board and work on the new electric taxi and LEVC.”

LVEC was until recently named The London Taxi Corporation. just like Volvo, the company is owned by Chinese group Geely, which for years has been pushing for the introduction of an electric version of the Black Cab.

Back in 2016, the Chinese said they were planning to manufacture 36,000 vehicles each year and send them on the streets as taxis.
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