THE LONDON TAXI Company’s (LTC’s) zero emission capable hackney carriage has made its public debut.
The new TX5 has an electric battery range of around 70 miles and is lighter, roomier and more modern in design than its predecessor.
The ‘green’ black cab will able to carry up to six passengers, one more than previously, and according to design director David Ancona:
This decision was market driven. The Mercedes Vito was quite successful because it had that extra seat. It allowed three couples to go out together or people to go to airports in groups. So, we decided to go that way.
The new TX5 will also come with wifi, mobile phone charging points and according to the London Taxi Company, “Features a spectacular panoramic glass roof to view the capital’s historic skyline”.
Disabled passengers should also benefit from the vehicle’s new retractable ramp and forward-facing wheelchair position.
LTC claim the new TX5 is the world’s “greenest taxi” and is powered by an electric motor, backed up by a petrol engine. The body and chassis of the vehicle is made from lightweight aluminium and composite panelling and has achieved, according to LTC bosses, “A full five star Euro NCAP score”.
A spokesman for Transport for London said:
TfL is committed to building dedicated taxi rapid charge points across the capital. Some drivers of older taxis will also be offered up to £5,000 to take their vehicle off the road.
TfL is aiming for 9,000 zero emission capable taxis by 2020, which will cut the capital’s total NOx emissions by 3.5 per cent and total PM10s by 4.5 per cent.
The London Taxi Company has not revealed how much the new TX5 will cost and a spokesman said: “Once low running costs are taken into account, it will be good value compared with the existing model.”