Front view of the LEVC's Electric Taxi, on display at the 2018 London Motor Show

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Front view of the LEVC's Electric Taxi, on display at the 2018 London Motor Show
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The LEVC TX (previously known as the TX5) is a purpose-built hackney carriage manufactured by the London EV Company (LEVC), a subsidiary of the Chinese auto-maker Geely. It is the latest in a succession of purpose-built hackney carriages produced by LEVC and various predecessor entities. The LEVC TX is a plug-in hybrid range-extender electric vehicle.. Like its competitor, the new Metrocab, the vehicle is designed to comply with Transport for London’s Taxi Private Hire regulations, which, from January 1, 2018, ban new diesel-powered taxis and require zero-emissions capability. he LEVC TX is built on a unique platform, underpinned by a bonded aluminum chassis built in the UK, giving the LEVC TX a 32 percent parts localisation rate by value. China and Europe account for 32 percent of the content while US content is 4 percent.The LEVC TX is powered by a full-electric hybrid drivetrain. It drives in full-electric mode all the time, but is recharged by a 81-hp Volvo sourced 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine. The LEVC TX is fitted with a 33 kilowatt-hour battery pack supplied by LG Chem, and powers a 110 kW Siemens built electric motor for traction. The charge connectors are mounted either side of the radiator grille, and are a Type 2 AC socket, capable of 22kW, and a 50kW cabable CHAdeMO connector.
Location: ExCel, London, UK