LTC, the UK manufacturer of the iconic black cab and global specialists in purpose built taxis, is investing £300 million (€380 million) to revolutionise its product range and expand into Europe.
Cutting edge electric vehicle technology developed in Europe will be introduced in LTC’s all new electric taxi due for launch into European markets in 2018. Taxi industry participants were invited to view the electric taxi prototype at an exclusive event held today in Barcelona.
Speaking at the event Peter Johansen, President of LTC, said: “Through our product development we aim to help eliminate city centre emissions while giving taxi drivers and commercial operators the opportunity to reduce their running costs. As we look to expand into European markets, the Barcelona taxi trade will be an important growth area for LTC.”
In response to new emissions regulations being introduced across major cities in Europe, LTC is working with established partners to develop a battery electric platform with impressive range to ensure taxi drivers can operate with zero emissions during their daily duty cycle. For peace of mind there is a small back up petrol generator to recharge the battery if vehicle charge points aren’t immediately available, which also allows for motorway speeds over long distances.
While the new taxi retains some design features from the original black cab there are no carry over parts from the existing diesel model and it will be built almost entirely from European sourced components. The modern concept has been designed with both passenger and driver functionality in mind, building on LTC’s reputation as the world leader in purpose built taxi products for urban environments.
Commenting on the functionality of the taxi, Peter Johansen said: “We’re different because all of our vehicles are purpose built around the needs of the taxi operator and passenger, rather than van conversions. Our new taxi will have enhanced accessibility features such as a forward facing wheelchair. It will have 6 passenger seats, a spacious cabin containing charge points, and we’re aiming for the highest safety rating possible to give peace of mind to drivers, passengers and pedestrians.”
A number of cities including Barcelona have been cited by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as having dangerously high levels of NOx and/or PM. The solution to this is to use zero-emissions capable vehicles in cities, such as the next generation taxi.
Later this year LTC will open its new state of the art research, development and production facility near Coventry, United Kingdom. This site will be the home of LTC’s new taxi and a range of other product variants for the commercial sector.
LTC plans to expand to a number of European and global markets by 2020, including Barcelona in 2018. In doing so, it will appoint a comprehensive network of knowledgeable dealers and service specialists near each major city.
Full product details will be released ahead of its launch into London at the end of 2017 and in European markets during 2018.
Source: The London Taxi Company