The summer heat of the Arizona Desert is providing perfect conditions for London Taxi Company (LTC) to test the brand new electric TX5 cab. By examining the electric taxi on extreme temperatures, it not only guarantees the durability of the car in harsh environments but also suitability for use by humankind all over the world.
The Head of Quality at LTC, Dr Wolfram Liedtke, informs that by testing the car at extreme temperatures, it provides the company with essential data to understand the vehicle regarding battery charging. He has added that they will experiment the electric cab on extreme humid environments, as well as some more mountainous terrain before selling in the final quarter of 2017.
The CEO of the London Taxi Company, Chris Gubbey, has confirmed the massive interest from European cities on the electric cab and thus he has assured of their action on improving the car's performance in hot weather cities around the world as well as in the sub-zero temperatures of the Arctic.
Having undertaken 300 miles daily, an equivalent of traveling from Heathrow to central London 20 times, the electric cab can handle triple the average of a typical London taxi and thus an advantage to long distance drivers.
To generate electricity, TX5 uses a three-cylinder petrol engine from Volvo though it can hold 70 miles when plugged on charge. The cab has a panoramic glass roof that would offer a great view of the sights around London. TX5, the six passenger’s capacity cab, has extra luggage area beside the driver's seat and a small turning circle.
Testing TX5 not only meets regulatory standards of London but the requirements and climates of cities all around the world. TX5 designs to meet the new London regulations that will enforce on January 1, 2018, whereby any electric vehicle must be able to cover 48km of electric-only driving and have carbon dioxide emissions of less than 50g/km. This cab will be the most comprehensively tested product in the LTC’s history.
Geely, LTC’s Chinese parent, has a £300m investment in the new plant, which happens to be UK’s first car manufacturer that designs electric vehicles only. The site can handle up to 20, 000 vehicles every year and it will offer research base and a development hub for light aluminum body compositions and future electric vehicle power trains.