London Taxi Company’s electric taxi to debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

June 26th, 2017 by London Taxi Company

Electric London taxi being tested in cold conditions (click image to expand)

The new range-extended electric taxi from London Taxi Company (LTC) will make its debut and feature in the ‘First Glance’ paddock at the Goodwood Festival of Speed beginning on 29 June 2017 and running until 2 July 2017.

LTC have been invited to participate on this stage because of the taxi’s adaption of supercar manufacturing techniques.

LTC’s extensive use of light weighting means that LTC can get the maximum distance out of the electric battery without impacting the strength and safety of the vehicle.

Each day of the Festival the electric taxi prototype will silently take on the world famous Goodwood Hillclimb in front of some of the 200,000 visitors at the West Sussex motoring show.

The electric taxi will be driven on the hillclimb by 17 year old Katie Milner who is currently the fastest woman in the Ginetta championship.

LTC’s electric taxi appearance at the festival follows a rigorous period of testing across the world, which has included weeks and thousands of miles in both hot and cold climate endurance tests in the Arizona desert and within the Arctic Circle.

LTC’s range-extended electric taxi being tested in the hot conditions of Arizona, USA (click image to expand)

LTC’s new electric taxi, which is on sale later in 2017, will be the most comprehensively tested vehicle in the company’s history.

With well over a million miles driven so far, these test vehicles have been more extensively tested than any of LTC’s last three taxis combined.

This testing is not just to meet the exacting standards of London’s taxi drivers but also to meet the requirements of drivers and climates in cities all around the world.

LTC has manufactured the famous London black cab in the United Kingdom for 69 years.

Geely, LTC’s owner, has invested more than £325 million in bringing a UK-built electric taxi to UK and international markets.

The investment includes the construction of a new state of the art factory in Ansty Park, Coventry which will incorporate Geely’s UK research and development headquarters.

From 1 January 2018, all London taxis presented for licensing for the first time will need to be Zero Emission Capable (emit no more than 50 grams per kilometre carbon dioxide (CO2) with a minimum 30 mile zero emission range.

A zero emission-capable taxi must be petrol if an internal combustion engine is used.

TfL and the UK government are expected to provide grants of up to £7,500, through the UK Office for Low Emission Vehicles, towards the purchase of a purpose built ultra-low emission taxi.

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