The London Taxi Company (LTC) will launch its new range-extender electric cab in the final quarter of this year, ahead of Transport For London (TFL) legislation that all new cabs must be ‘zero-emission capable’ range of at least 30 miles.
The company has released images of the model undergoing hot weather testing in the Arizona desert, which, LTC claims, has tested the strain on the batteries caused by the hot conditions. Journeys of around 300 miles - three times the average daily mileage of a London cab - were completed.
Next on the testing schedule for the new cab are humid conditions and mountainous regions; these will test the engine and batteries' performance with different air properties, like the thin air associated with higher altitudes. Previously, pictures were released of the taxi winter testing inside the Arctic Circle, signaling that it's now entered its final stages of development. The electric taxi is LTC's most comprehensively tested model to date.
LTC quality director Wolfram Liedtke said: "Our new taxi is being developed with two key engineering principles – quality and endurance – to meet the needs of the demanding taxi duty cycle. We are now nearing the end of our development programme and will soon commit the product to series production at our all-new manufacturing facility in Ansty, near Coventry.”
The new cab will adopt a range-extended electric set-up much like those of the Vauxhall Ampera and BMW i3 Range Extender. The news follows Autocar’s story of a range-extended delivery van, which will be built alongside the new taxi model.