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Manufacturing of Electric Taxi Fleet Underway

Posted in General News on Thursday, February 16th, 2017

A new factory has been set up to produce a fleet of electrically powered black cabs for London. The London Taxi Company (LTC) has made an investment of £300million in an effort to meet the London emissions laws that are going to be implemented next year.

It is thought that opening this factory will create 1,000 new jobs with 600 workers having been hired already. This new electric taxi is going to be called the TX5 and its creators are planning to sell it in Europe and possibly see sales reach as far as Japan.

The London Taxi Company’s Chief Executive, Chris Grubby, commented: “It’s a huge responsibility, the black cab is known throughout the world. It is an international icon. People who visit London from around the globe have seen and used them. But the challenge of both setting up a factory and launching a new vehicle really lit my fire. It ticked every single box.”

Valerie Shawcross, the Deputy Mayor for Transport said: “We need to take every step we can to clean up London’s polluted air. It’s great to hear taxi drivers are ready to play their part, and the use of new zero-emission taxis will make a significant difference. We are committed to helping the industry thrive and will be working with TfL to ensure that we do everything we can to make sure this vital transition as quick and easy as possible.”

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