Taxis LTC TX5 are presented in Barcelona

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So is the London Taxi TX5 with the colors of Barcelona

There are two types of taxis, those based on commercial cars that anyone can buy -like the new Fiat Type – and those that have been designed for that purpose from the first minute, as the legendary Checker american, or Black Cabs british. On average we have vans adapted, in the case of the Nissan NV200, designed to maximize the space on board for passengers and luggage.

The british manufacturer London Taxi Company, with the backing of Geely, the owners of Volvo, will produce from 2017 a new generation of taxis, the modern reinterpretation of the FX4 in the 50’s, but with an engine much more modern. Goodbye to the diesel engine, it will have an electric motor, batteries and a gasoline generator. Will come into service in London at the end of that year, in continental Europe from 2018.

After receiving a major investment, the company is moving to achieve approvals local future TX5, and show to the taxi industry in each place that there will be a very interesting alternative. Their price is unknown, but promises to have a few operating costs low by doing most of the mileage by electricity.

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The executives of LTC pose next to the TX4: David Ancona, Peter Johansen and Richard Gordon

In the TX5 can fit six passengers and corresponding luggage, or a passenger in a wheelchair that can go looking forward. Passengers will be able to recharge their mobile phones, thanks to the installation of the USB sockets in the passenger compartment, which is separate from the driver, as in a bus.

Barcelona is one of those cities where the contamination levels suggest the decision to reduce emissions, and that means go now driving diesel models. In the last few years have been incorporated into fleets to alternative models, such as Toyota Prius in great number, and to a lesser extent, pure electric such as Nissan e-NV200. As a transition technology are the taxis running on LPG and CNG are based on gasoline engines.

Given that the TX5 will be able to operate as a zero emission vehicle, even temporarily, you will have less problems to circulate even when it is to harden the protocols to anti-pollution. The Toyota Prius, as they can barely do 2-3 miles without gasoline, it would not fall within that definition.

In a recent article we learned about the plans of the London Taxi Company. He is preparing a production plant in Coventry (Uk) will produce approximately 36,000 TX5 each year. As this volume is far above the needs of the british market of taxis each year-where LTC has had a monopoly de facto for decades – we must expand into new markets.

therefore, the responsible of LTC are to appeal to the authorities of several european cities of the future. It is clear that the TX5 is not the taxi more pretty of the world, but it will be one of the most practical and functional. In front of the rival diesel will have the advantage of mobility, and in front of the 100% electric, easy to move around. In addition, will be tremendously manoeuvrable, less than 9 metres to rotate between sidewalks.

The TX5 will be able to operate in mode zero emissions until the battery level drops below a safety level. From that moment on, will be operating a gasoline engine, which also allows you to maintain the running speed of the highway, to outputs to the periphery. The technical features have not been announced by the time.

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The ambition of the LTC is that its taxis TX5 become something more than a symbol typically british, and begin to look for several european cities, with professional satisfied. That the owners of a LTC are chinese should not be a problem, it is not for Volvo, and they say, working on a rating EuroNCAP high.

To the end of the day, LTC will depend on time of the TX5, so it depends on their commercial success within and outside of the Uk, and that if there is no Brexit at the end! Afterwards there will be more models. Andt is likely that we will start to see them rolling by Barcelona and other Spanish cities from 2018, both in the cities that require the approval of the individual, and in which it is not necessary.

The taxi drivers will surely ask a lot of questions, but most will be answered according to LTC give us the technical data of the TX5. So we know its power, price, maintenance intervals, how many miles can you do with electricity, if there are subsidies that benefit, and so on.