The LEVC TX eCity, the world’s most advanced electric taxi, has now been approved by Parisian authorities and will legally be able to be used as a working taxi in Paris.
The news comes many months ahead of the vehicle’s intended launch in the city and underlines the ongoing international interest in LEVC’s flagship commercial vehicle. There are now almost 600 TX cabs on the streets of London, contributing to the capital’s air quality while offering drivers and passengers a superior ride and greater comfort and connectivity. Drivers are also reporting fuel savings of more than £100 a week. Similar benefits are expected in Paris when the vehicle is deployed there.
The Paris launch is currently tabled for the first half of next year, with a launch date to be confirmed once negotiations with the favoured importer have been completed. This means that Paris will soon join Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg and Oslo in seeing this electric taxi on its streets.
Air pollution kills around 48,000 people in France every year. Under Mayor Hidalgo, Paris has taken an aggressive stance towards conventional petrol and diesel vehicles with pre-2005 diesel vehicles to be banned next year, and all diesel vehicles to be banned by 2024. These changes will have a significant impact on Paris’ 20,000 taxis, and LEVC believes it has a cost-effective solution for the City’s cabbies.
“Given the air pollution difficulties facing French cities, we are very much looking forward to giving both drivers and passengers new options in Paris following a very positive reception on the streets” Chris Gubbey, CEO of LEVC. “This truly bolsters our European position and we look forward to serving the cities of France alongside those in Norway, the Netherlands and Germany.”
Claire Perry, UK Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, said that she is delighted to see how many more businesses and organisations such as LEVC are seizing this multi-billion-pound opportunity to energise their communities to tackle the very serious threat of climate change.