London Taxi Company press release
From Autumn 2017, Coventry-based London Taxi Company (LTC) will only be producing range extended electric taxis for the UK
Today’s agreement confirms the UK’s Chargemaster as the preferred supplier for home charging units for these vehicles
Deal affirms the UK’s status as a world-leading hub for the development of electric vehicle technologies
The London Taxi Company (LTC) has appointed Chargemaster, and its proven homecharge unit, as the preferred supplier of homecharging equipment for the business’ new range-extended electric taxi. This means that when the next electric taxi hits the roads later this year, customers will be able to rely on a trusted manufacturer to charge their taxi at home.
Chargemaster, which is the UK’s largest provider of home charging units, has been appointed LTC’s official supplier, following a competitive tender process. Chargemaster has supplied over 30,000 homecharge units to UK electric vehicle drivers to date and is the official charging partner to major automotive manufacturers, including Mitsubishi, Mercedes, BMW, Nissan and Renault. Using a new website, LTC retailers and customers will be offered a seamless end-to-end service, from initial enquiry, to charging point installation, to customer handover and training. All units will have a five-year warranty.
David Martell, Chief Executive of Chargemaster, said:
“Inner city air quality is an issue that must be tackled quickly, and LTC’s new range extended electric taxi offers one of the most effective solutions. By choosing to work with Chargemaster, LTC is ensuring that its customers benefit from the extensive knowledge of our nationwide Homecharge installation team, making it as easy as possible to go zero emissions. We’re delighted that LTC has chosen to work with Chargemaster, a UK designer and manufacturer or charging infrastructure, for its new British-built taxi.”
Redesigned from the ground up, LTC’s new taxi has been designed to meet the demanding duty cycle of taxi cabs and will allow drivers to complete a day’s inner city driving without affecting local air quality. In addition, overnight charging will mean dramatically reduced fuel costs for drivers – whilst its highly efficient range extender will act as a backup generator for drivers – allowing drivers to cover hundreds of miles, with necessarily needing to stop at a charging station.
Richard Turnbull, Head of Infrastructure at LTC, said:
“We are delighted to be partnering with Chargemaster, which will provide our customers with a proven home charge solution using technology that has been specifically selected to support the next generation of range-extended electric taxi”
“The new taxi is currently undergoing the most comprehensive product quality testing programme in our 98 year history, and we’re keen to ensure that our all partners meet a similar quality standard,” he added.
LTC’s new taxi will be launched later this year and will go on sale in international markets in 2018. A revolutionary design, the new taxi will be produced at LTC’s new manufacturing facility in Ansty, West Midlands. This is part of LTC’s £325 million project to produce range extended electric taxis and vans for use in cities around the world. As well as an electric powertrain, the new cab will be able to seat six passengers and offer front-facing wheelchair access.
Chargemaster Plc is the UK’s leading provider of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Benefitting from over 25 years of experience working within the telematics and vehicle-orientated industry, Chargemaster provides a comprehensive, flexible and practical range of electric vehicle charging solutions. Its charging stations are specially developed to accommodate new technological advances and the growing demands of the electric vehicle industry. Chargemaster works in partnership with leading energy providers, vehicle manufacturers, government agencies, management consultancies and property development and blue chip companies. Chargemaster is the largest supplier of public, workplace and home charging units in the UK and has supplied over 50,000 charging points across Europe. The company operates its own manufacturing facility at Luton Airport which is currently producing over 2,000 charging units a month and operates to ISO9001 quality standards. Chargemaster recently acquired Elektromotive and Charge Your Car, reinforcing its position as the leading provider of charging points and network operation in the UK.
LTC has manufactured the iconic black cab in the UK for 69 years, and has invested more than £325 million in bringing a UK-built electric taxis and vans to UK and international markets.
The investment was possible due to funding from LTC’s owner Geely – and the money includes funding for the completed state of the art factory in Ansty, Coventry which incorporates Geely’s UK R&D headquarters.
These new range extended electric taxis will be on sale later this year, and LTC will start manufacturing electric vans in the following year.