Birmingham Hackney cab drivers are being invited to try out an electric vehicle that can help them save money - and meet the new Clean Air Zone (CAZ) regulations that are being introduced next year.
Coventry-based LEVC (London EV Company - formerly the London Taxi Company) is heading to Birmingham city centre tomorrow [Thursday, February 7], when it will have on display its new TX Taxi, the world’s first purpose-built electric taxi.
Not only will cabbies have the chance to learn all about the new vehicle, which can save drivers between £70 and £110 a week in fuel costs, has a total range of 377 miles and also has a host of environmentally friendly features, they can also sign up for a complimentary 48-hour test drive.
Drivers will also have the opportunity to ask the experts questions about the vehicle, which was introduced into London in 2018, the benefits of switching from diesel to TX, as well as speak to Octopus, about a new pay-per-mile finance deal.
The visit comes just a week after the Business Breathes website was launched - the one-stop, go-to site for fleet managers and self-employed drivers who need to prepare for January 2020, when the CAZ is introduced in Birmingham city centre.
The comprehensive website, which has been launched as part of Brum Breathes, Birmingham City Council’s air quality campaign to reduce emissions of harmful pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide (NO₂) and particulate matter that cause poor air quality and associated health problems, aims to encourage businesses to move over to cleaner vehicles.
Steve Cootes, Commercial Director of LEVC, said: “With the Clean Air Zone regulations coming into force in 12 months’ time in Birmingham, it’s the ideal time for Hackney cab drivers to explore what a green TX Taxi could mean for them.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response to the TX from drivers across the country and hope that Birmingham cabbies take the opportunity to find out why over a thousand of their fellow drivers have made the switch.”
The combined CO₂ emissions on the official WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test) drive cycle, which includes use of the range-extender, is 20 g/km. This compares to between 212 and 244 g/km for a diesel London Taxi, depending on the model and age.
As well as reducing pollution levels and improving air quality, the TX Taxi, which has on-board WiFi, USB connections and a panoramic roof, qualifies for national or local subsidies, as well as tax discounts.
The vehicle also has a small petrol range-extender, which acts as a generator to send electrical energy to the battery and ensures drivers are able to complete their fare before needing to stop to recharge.
The TX display will be at the link subway to the Mailbox on February 7 from 8.30am-4pm. A limited number of parking bays have been reserved for Hackney cab drivers - simply turn up on the day and staff will guide drivers to the spaces.
For more details about the TX Taxi, visit https://www.theelectrictaxi.co.uk/
For details about Business Breathes, visit: businessbreathes.co.uk
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