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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

The Renault -Nissan Alliance will provide the world’s largest electric-vehicle fleet ever to an international conference. As the official passenger-car provider for the United Nation’s COP21 climate conference in Paris, the Alliance will provide 200 pure electric vehicles to the annual summit which runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.

Together, the vehicles are expected to cover more than 400,000 km, emitting zero emissions* while shuttling delegates during the 21st annual Conference of Parties (better known as COP21). More than 20,000 U.N. participants from 195 countries are expected to attend COP21.

“Electric vehicles are a practical and affordable mode of transportation. At the same time, they offer a solution for drastically reducing tailpipe CO2 emissions. They also reduce regulated exhaust pollutants, helping us to improve the air quality in our cities. Together, the public and private sectors can accelerate the transition to a zero-emission society,” said Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

The COP21 car fleet will feature the Renault ZOE subcompact car, the Nissan LEAF compact car and the 7-seater Nissan e-NV200 van. The vehicles will be available to shuttle delegates 24 hours, seven days a week to and from the Le Bourget conference venue, as a complement to public transportation.

This marks the first time the U.N. will use a zero-emission or 100% electric fleet for its entire passenger-car shuttle at a climate summit.

200 Renault and Nissan employees volunteer to drive at COP21
The 100% electric cars will be driven by a team of 200 professional drivers and 200 volunteers from Renault and Nissan. In June, the Renault-Nissan Alliance launched a call for volunteers to allow employees in and around Paris the opportunity to be part of COP21 as volunteer drivers. The response was overwhelming with more than 450 employees applying before the recruitment process was closed. The 200 successful Renault and Nissan applicants, as well as the professional drivers, will undergo a rigorous training program in preparation for the event.
“Renault and Nissan employees are at the forefront of the electric-vehicle revolution. Many of them already drive an electric vehicle. They are the best ambassadors to demonstrate the benefits of these cars and what zero-emission mobility is all about,” said Ghosn.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance will set up network of 90 quick and standard charging stations in strategic locations with French electric utility company EDF powered by low-carbon electricity. The residual emissions will be offset under an accredited U.N. carbon offsetting program. The quick charging stations will be able to charge the EVs from 0 to 80% capacity in about 30 minutes.
The Alliance has sold more than 274,000 electric vehicles around the world, accounting for half of all EVs on the road since its first electric vehicle Nissan LEAF went on sale in late 2010.
*No CO2 emissions and no regulated exhaust pollutants while driving, according to NEDC homologation cycle.