Electric taxis emerge in Edinburgh

The world’s most advanced electric taxis, designed and built in the UK, have started appearing on the streets of Edinburgh, made possible with a deal signed by the city’s Union Motor Company.

As a result, these TX eCitys, which promise to dramatically cut driver’s fuel bills, will increasing appear on the capital’s roads. The first TX was handed over to the Edinburgh cabbie, David McMillan, as part of the opening of the new dealership.

LEVC’s TX is a range-extended electric vehicle – which this means that the vehicle is only ever driven by its powerful electric motor. However, there is a small petrol engine on-board which can top-up the battery, should the driver be unable to charge. This technology will give drivers a range of up to 377 miles, and a zero emissions range of 80.6 miles.

This technology set up means that the move to electric will save drivers on average £100 a week in fuel. The PCP finance contract the vehicle will cost £177 per week, which compares with £167 per week for the outgoing diesel vehicle.

David, who usually covers 100 miles a day, estimates that he will save £458 per month from making the switch. Further cost savings come from service intervals that jump from 12,000 miles to 25,000 miles.

David, 67 and a cab driver of 7 years, said, ‘These types of vehicle are the future – promising a smoother, more comfortable ride for passengers and will help clean up cities too. The fact I will be financially better off is a big bonus too.’