New electric and petrol-powered London taxi unveiled

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Image caption The new vehicle will be seen on London’s streets later this year

A new electric and petrol-powered London taxi has been unveiled.

The model, unveiled by the London EV Company (LEVC) and being built in Coventry, runs for about 70 miles on its battery before switching to a petrol engine.

The vehicle would save drivers an average of £100 each week in fuel costs compared with the outgoing diesel model, its manufacturer said.

It will be seen on London’s streets later this year.

An initial order for 225 vehicles has been placed by Dutch taxi operator RMC.

The London Taxi Company, which has been renamed the London EV Company, faced administration in 2013 before China’s Zhejing Geely Holding Group stepped in to rescue the firm.

From next year all new London cabs must be capable of producing zero emissions, while there will be a ban on new diesel taxis entering the city.

LEVC chief executive Chris Gubbey said: “London has led the way in setting out tough measures to reduce taxi and van emissions and in just a few short years we expect electric vehicles for the commercial operator will not just become commonplace, but mandatory in cities around the world creating huge opportunities for LEVC globally.”


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