The rate of cab drivers switching to electric vehicles surged forward in October, with LEVC registering 172 electric taxis UK wide in what is traditionally a quieter month for the business.
LEVC’s London dealerships saw over 160 vehicles handed over to cabbies. This volume of customer handovers in October was last seen in 1999, the year Nokia released its iconic 3210 mobile phone, the Euro was launched as a currency and the film Notting Hill was in the cinemas.
Order take has also been on the rise – as more drivers learn out about the potential cost savings of moving to an electric vehicle and hear the positive feedback from passengers. Rising diesel prices also mean that the average cab driver will now be saving £110 a week in fuel costs by switching to the TX eCity.
This level of deliveries means that LEVC has now registered 821 vehicles across the UK, which is more than twice the number of diesel vehicles the business sold in 2017. This is also 647 more taxis than LEVC’s main competitor in the UK – who still only produce diesel vehicles. As such, LEVC expects that there will be at least 1,000 vehicles on the road in London by the end of the year.
Martin Crouch, General Manager of LEVC’s Retail Business said: “We were delighted to pass another key business milestone – doubling our output from last year and achieving our best October for customer handovers in London for almost twenty years. Importantly, we have ramped up production to meet rising customer demand – and cab drivers can now expect to wait only a few weeks for vehicles ordered now.”
All LEVC TXs are eligible for the UK Government’s plug-in taxi grant – which is guaranteed until the end of 2020. Decommissioning grants are also available for diesel taxis which have been on the road for 10 years or more.