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3rd Dec, 2021

First hybrid taxi on roads as council wants greener vehicles

THE licensing team at Stratford District Council has licensed its first electric hybrid taxi.

The move forms part of the authority’s commitment to climate change and the need for cleaner and greener vehicles after it declared a Climate Emergency last July.

The vehicle is an LEVC TX Comfort plus model which drives in full electric mode all the time, but is recharged by a three-cylinder petrol engine. It can run 70 miles on electric power only and can be fast charged in two hours.

The taxi, built by Chinese-owned London Electric Vehicle Company, formerly known as the London Taxi Company, based near Coventry, has charging points for phones, Wi-Fi, comfortable seating for six passengers, a retracted integrated ramp which allows wheelchairs passengers to face forward and an air pollution sensor.

The CO2 emission for the vehicle is 24g/km, a tenth of the average emission from a diesel cab.

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