This is the future of the London Taxi


London Taxi International TX5

The future in London passes by to use eco-friendly vehicles. The new mayor of london, Sadiq Khan, is determined to combat the pollution of the city, increasing the area of low emissions, or Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ). Your extension will bend, and its implementation is going to anticipate a year.

This means that in addition to paying the rate of access, the congestion charge, the vehicles within have to pay another fee of 12.5 pounds if you do not meet the requirements. The goal is to leave those cars and are replaced by other more respectful with the environment.

Obviously this also affects the world of the taxi. For decades, the London Taxi Company has manufactured the black cabs to transport people within the city of the Thames. A requirement of great maneuverability, less than 8 metres between kerbs, kept all the competition out until this decade.


London Taxi International TX2

After an experiment with Mercedes-Benz Vito adapted, got into the garlic Nissan with the NV200, first with conventional engine, after with version 100% electric e-NV200. And the outdated TX4 London Taxi are waiting for its replacement, the TX5.

new generation, inspired by the FX4 in the 50’s, will have a powertrain gasoline-electric (plug-in hybrid) and will be manufactured in Coventry (United Kingdom) within a factory of new construction. The technical features of the TX5 are for the moment unknown, but we know that will employ construction techniques and lightweight materials like aluminum to lighten the body.

The owners of London Taxi International are chinese, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., or just Geely. The same company is behind the Volvo. After the issuance of a bond “green” investment has been raised $ 400 million, and thus will fund the production of the new cab.


Mock-up of the new factory of LTI in Coventry

The new plant will have a capacity of producing 36,000 taxis each year, well above the needs of the Uk as who want to expand their portfolio of customers to taxi drivers in other major european cities, where he also has enmity against diesel engines.

The taxis LTI will not be the most beautiful in the world, but have up to six squares, a generous trunk, access for people with reduced mobility, etc Are the cars produced from the beginning to be taxis, and its form is subordinate to function. That’s why the competition challenges you with vans.

The sales of the LTI TX5 will be at the end of next year, to time to comply with the new regulations in london in January 2018. For then, every new taxi must have the ability to move with electric propulsion and zero emissions, even if you are not of constant shape. The Nissan e-NV200 are already prepared for that scenario, for obvious reasons.


London Taxi International TX5

As you are renewing the licences of taxi drivers, as well as their cars, iran selling more TX5. In London, there are about 23,000 taxis, and when they exceed 15 years and may not continue to exercise. The old models of LTI work, all with diesel engines, source Nissan or VM Motori.

London has declared war on environmental pollution and diesel engines. The mayor Khan is asthmatic, as thousands of other citizens who have seen how it has worsened their respiratory health for oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emitted by diesel engines.

Move by the british city in a conventional car it will be increasingly challenging. The public transport is expensive, especially for those living in areas remote from the centre, where housing is very expensive. The londoners will have to endure those changes if they want to breathe an air less stale.