Two London Icons Come Together
The LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) launches London’s all-new electric taxi, the TX, today at Battersea Power Station.
The TX is the latest version of London’s famous “black cab”, drawing on the design heritage of predecessor diesel vehicles but powered by new range-extended electric technology. Just as Battersea Power Station is recognised around the world as a design classic and a famous London icon, so too are the city’s black cabs.
This landmark moment was celebrated at Circus West Village, the first phase of the Battersea Power Station regeneration which is now open. The entire site has been designed to be futureproof and ready for mass adoption of electric vehicles, with the infrastructure for almost 1,000 electric charging points planned and the flexibility to increase that. The first 57 charging points are now available for use at Circus West Village.
The Grade II* listed Power Station building and its surrounding areas is being transformed into a community of homes, shops, offices, restaurants and public space – a vibrant new town centre for Londoners.
Both the TX and the Power Station blend old and new and are being redesigned for 21st century living, and both have a major role to play in the future London landscape.
Rob Tincknell, CEO of Battersea Power Station Development Company, said:
“It’s great to see the TX take to the capital’s roads. These new plug-in taxis mean cleaner air for Londoners with the same great service that London taxis are known for, and the decision to preserve their design has saved one of the city’s hallmarks.
“It’s the same combination of modern high standards and heritage excellence that we’re delivering at the Power Station.
“On behalf of our shareholders, we are delighted to host the TX launch and bring together two London icons that will be used for generations to come.”
Chris Gubbey, CEO of the LEVC, said:
“After extensive testing, LEVC’s new taxi is ready to do the job it was made for: transport people around this great city of London safely, cleanly and stylishly. Better for passengers, more cost effective for drivers, it will play a major role in helping to improve air quality benefiting all Londoners.
“I am immensely proud of the work we have carried out so far: we have produced a new icon, the world’s most advanced electric taxi.”