A London icon is about to become a familiar sight in Japan, as London Electric Vehicle (LEVC) launches its electric TX model at an exclusive event in Tokyo today.
The original London taxi, now totally redesigned for the 21st Century, is a purpose-built high-quality model suitable for both the taxi and premium shuttle markets, with ample space for six passengers, wheelchair access and renowned eCity technology.
The TX combines more than 130 km of zero-emissions pure electric range with the flexibility of a total electrically driven range of 600km - made possible thanks to the on-board range-extender. The class leading 8.45m turning circle allows drivers to negotiate tight spaces and narrow city streets with unparalleled manoeuvrability.
Premium and accessible, the electric TX will bring a whole new experience to Japanese passengers, not just meeting local regulations but exceeding them, boasting a panoramic roof, charging points for mobile phones and laptops, alongside unrivalled cabin space.
It’s this unique combination of features that LEVC believes will be so appealing to operators of taxi and premium shuttle fleets in cities across Japan. The TX is expected to empower fleet operators, cities and e-mobility service providers to take a new approach.
Japan’s taxi industry has 240,000 vehicles in operation with 50,000 based in Tokyo, as well as a growing number of on-demand passenger shuttle and ride sharing services in major cities. Thanks to its combination of greater space, agile manoeuvrability and far better wheelchair access, not to mention its iconic status as the original London cab, LEVC expects TX taxi and shuttle to be bought by operators who would otherwise use large premium saloons and minivans.
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