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LEVC TX TAXI REVIEWED: 150,000 miles and counting



As a London taxi driver, who made the switch to the electric LEVC TX in 2018, I’ve just clocked up 150,000 miles. In this comprehensive review, structured into vehicle performance, maintenance, charging capabilities, and its efficiency as a taxi, we offer a deep dive into the world of LEVC black cabs.


VEHICLE VERDICT: A SMOOTH TRANSITION

The LEVC TX has notably revolutionised the taxi industry, with its design and functionality still capturing the admiration of passengers, particularly tourists. The vehicle promises a serene and smooth ride, a boon for drivers enduring long shifts.

Notwithstanding a few signs of wear, specifically on the steering wheel, the driver's seat maintains its initial comfort and durability.


However, the dashboard's outdated design signals a need for modernisation, particularly in integrating connectivity features for a more seamless operation.


MAINTENANCE: RELIABILITY WITH A PINCH OF COST

Demonstrating good reliability, my personal LEVC TX has astonishingly faced zero breakdowns over its extensive mileage. Of course everyone’s experience is different, but I can only report on my findings here.


Maintenance has been straightforward, with tyre and brake pad replacements aligning with those of conventional family cars. The unforeseen expense of a bumper replacement costing £750 arose and a dreaded ERAD (Electric Rear Axle Drive) system replacement was undertaken under warranty. It should be noted that was my first ERAD replacement and came after 139,000 miles.

CHARGING: HOME ADVANTAGE VS. PUBLIC DILEMMA

As a driver lucky enough to have access to a home electric charger, I’m still able to save money against the cost of petrol. However, I have stopped completely using the public charging network, which is simply too expensive now mainly due to the added VAT.


The vehicle's petrol range-extender eliminates range anxiety, offering flexibility and fuel savings compared to diesel alternatives.


ECONOMIC EQUATION: A COSTLY AFFAIR

Despite the vehicle's superior performance and passenger approval, the financial viability of owning and operating an LEVC TX is increasingly daunting for many drivers.


I could name some improvements I’d like to see on the black cab, but my view is that the emphasis on future improvements should instead lean heavily towards reducing the overall cost of the cab, rather than enhancing features which would make the cab even more costly to run.


LOOKING AHEAD: NO REGRETS, BUT CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM

I’d expresses a steadfast commitment to the LEVC TX. I’m planning to continue its use well beyond the initial financial agreement. However, there is a conscious acknowledgment of the high operational costs, prompting a call for more cost-effective solutions in the future.


While the LEVC TX stands out as a technological game-changer in the taxi fleet, its economic impact on drivers calls for urgent attention. The journey towards a fully electric taxi fleet is not without its hurdles, primarily financial, signalling a critical juncture for stakeholders to reassess strategies for a sustainable transition.

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