The London Taxi Company has unveiled a new zero emission capable version of the Black Cab that famously operates in London, UK. The TX5 is said to retain the spirit of past models and focus on driver and passenger comfort.
The predecessor of the new London taxi, the TX4, was launched in 2007 and, although electric versions of it were developed, models on the streets invariably had a conventional diesel engine under the bonnet. The new TX5 is reported to have a plug-in hybrid powertrain and benefit from a range extended battery electric vehicle system.
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According to LTC, all of the 2,000 components for the TX5 have been designed from the ground up. It has a new lightweight aluminum body structure and composite paneling, rear-hinged doors to improve passenger access and space for a forward-facing wheelchair. It also has a panoramic glass roof.
The cab can accommodate six passengers and provides more legroom for the driver. It is equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity and mobile device charging points for both the driver and passengers.
The TX5 was designed by Brits Peter Horbury and David Ancona at Geely’s design center in Barcelona. They were supported by over 200 engineers and designers in the UK. Hornbury says they were acutely aware of the responsibility that came with designing a new model of such a recognisable and iconic vehicle.
"We wanted to retain those aspects that make the London taxi what it is and what it stands for, while ensuring that the new design reflects everything that a 21st century vehicle needs to be," said Horbury. "We have sought to build on existing features such as the headlights, grille and strong roof lines. But we have also made sure that the new vehicle significantly builds on space and comfort levels for both passengers and drivers."
More detailed specifications about the TX5 have yet to be announced. It is due to be launched in the UK at the end of 2017 and across international markets in 2018.
Update Oct. 23: This article originally stated that the TX5 would be powered by an all-electric drive. This was not correct. The article has been amended accordingly. Please accept our sincere apologies for this error.
Source: London Taxi Company