Electric Vehicle Battery Upgrade for London’s ‘Green’ Taxis

Posted On September 12th, 2017 - 10:40 am | by Oil and gas press

The new TX has undergone the most extensive testing and development programme we’ve ever undertaken; in fact, the TX has completed more test mileage than all of our previous models put together.

As part of a multinational group, LEVC – the London EV Company have privileged access to the world’s biggest and best automotive suppliers with the latest technology.

Their battery supplier, LG Chem are the world’s number one manufacturer of electric vehicle batteries and recognised globally for their performance and quality. The lithium-ion drive battery in TX has been extensively tested over millions of miles, and in the most extreme terrains to ensure reliability and longevity no matter the environment or usage.

Whether recharged slowly overnight or getting a full top up using a rapid-charger every 8 hours, in all cases the power available remained consistent, with no decline in performance – offering full confidence regardless of whether you plan to charge at home or on the street. In our most extreme usage tests, the battery was repeatedly rapid-charged for 9,000 full cycles before the full charge reduced 25% of its original capacity.

Thanks to the revolutionary eCity technology, an unused battery doesn’t lose voltage because the battery is always passing charge so the voltage is always maintained. In fact, the taxi would need to be left unattended for over a year before this posed a significant problem.

What’s more, a resilient metal casing around the battery protects it from being damaged by debris and impacts, as well as lifting or jacking by would-be thieves. The cells of the battery are arranged in three different “strings”, meaning that it can continue to function even in the unlikely event of it being damaged.

The battery is not leased but comes included with the taxi, meaning there are no additional lease costs to factor in to your monthly budget and you won’t be tied to a lease contract. It will last as long as the taxi does and to showcase the quality of the technology they are offering a full five-year unlimited mileage battery warranty which is industry leading for any commercial electric vehicle.

LEVC – the London EV Company is able to offer the opportunity to purchase a new TX on Personal Contract Purchase (PCP). PCP allows customers to set an affordable monthly payment, starting from just £177 per week, for up to five years, during which time the battery is comprehensively covered by the warranty. At the end of the term customers can simply hand the taxi back. Taking absolutely no risks around the health of the battery or the residual value of the vehicle. However, should they wish to purchase the taxi outright at this point, that option remains available too.


On the 1st August LEVC (London EV Company) opened its order book for the all-new TX electric taxi with eCity technology.

Ahead of taking deposits for the first time and opening the order book, LEVC confirms final pricing and indicative running costs for the all-new TX model. The launch finance package – through which more than 90% of drivers are expected to buy the new TX – is confirmed at £177 per week, including the battery over five years. The outgoing TX4 model was priced at £167 per week over four years.

LEVC’s Commercial Director, Richard Gordon, said: “I am delighted to announce such a competitive package for the new electric TX. Market leading in every way, this is a truly outstanding new vehicle that will revolutionise the taxi trade in London from an emissions perspective, for passenger comfort, experience and enjoyment, and importantly for the drivers.”

Welcoming the opening of order book, Steve McNamara of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association commented:

“The taxi trade welcomes the arrival of this ultra clean 21st century vehicle that can only help us to win business back from private hire. We recognise the serious issues around air quality in London and cities around the UK, and look forward to offering emission free personal transport to Londoners and visitors alike.”

The all new electric TX is based on eCity technology comprising a battery electric power train with range extender providing over 400 miles range between charges including well in excess of 70 miles with zero emissions.

The technology is purposefully designed for commercial operators that face demanding and unpredictable duty cycles which require complete range assurance, but also significant zero emissions capability for city centre operations.

Source / More: LEVC – the London EV Company

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