Hybrid taxis hit capital’s streets

Hybrid black taxis have hit London’s roads in a bid to help improve air quality.

The launch comes ahead of new rules which require new cabs operating in London to be capable of emitting zero emissions.

More than 9,000 electric taxis, roughly half the current black cab fleet, are expected on London’s roads by 2021. The new TX taxi can travel 80 miles on a single battery charge and is fitted with a 1.5 litre petrol engine to assist with longer journeys.

The cab has six seats, contactless card machines, Wifi and USB charging.

Chris Gubbey, boss of manufacturer the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) insists the cab will ‘play a major role in helping to improve air quality’.