New accessible electric taxis to be introduced in London

London Electric Vehicle Company's latest taxi will help improve accessibility and things like wheelchair use

The iconic black cabs of London, which started going electric in 2018, will have a new addition in the form of TX Access, manufactured by London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC), the company behind the same iconic black cabs.

But instead of black, the TX Access will come in white, and help people with accessibility issues to get around. LEVC says the new taxis boast “unparalleled accessibility, making it ideally suited to a number of new sectors, such as educational and healthcare settings”.

TX Access is fully wheelchair accessible, providing ample space for wheelchair users and can accommodate up to six passengers. It also features a direct access ramp that folds away into the floorspace, offering swift deployment and adjustability.

The interior of the TX Access is large enough to effortlessly rotate a wheelchair into a forward-facing position. Compliant with ISO 10542 standards, the comprehensive restraint system allows wheelchair users to remain securely seated throughout the journey. The completely flat floor, covered in slip-resistant material, ensures stability and safety.

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Alex Nan, CEO of LEVC, said: “The TX Access reaffirms the company’s commitment to transforming urban transportation and providing inclusive mobility solutions. By taking advantage of the class-leading TX platform, we are able to support a whole new market of passengers. LEVC is proud to contribute to a sustainable future where transportation is accessible to all.”

Furthermore, TX Access incorporates an innovative swivel seat that pivots outside the vehicle, facilitating hassle-free access, as well as a large door aperture offering easy entry for wheelchair users. The vehicle also has the option of high-visibility contrasting grab handles and seat edges.

It also features a wide range of communication options, such as hearing induction loop, braille embossed controls, and microphone system, enabling seamless contact between passengers and driver.

What about the technical details? The TX Access is powered by LEVC’s eCity drivetrain, delivering zero-emission transportation without the concerns of range anxiety. It combines petrol and an electric motor, providing a total range of 333 miles, with a pure EV range of 78 miles and emitting just 14g/km of CO2.

LEVC manufactures the purpose-built, range-extended electric TX at its state-of-the-art facility in Ansty, Coventry. With an investment of over £500m from the Geely Holding Group since 2014, LEVC has built the UK’s first dedicated manufacturing plant for electric vehicles.

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