Black cabs hit Paris
London’s iconic black cabs are set to play their trade on the streets of Paris. The French capital has approved the use of the LEVC TX eCity cab and Parisians can expect to hitch a ride with the plug-in hybrid taxis starting early-2019.
The passenger vehicles, made by Chinese Geely-owned London Electric Vehicle Company, are already operating in London and Amsterdam, with launches in the cities of Berlin, Hamburg and Oslo in the pipeline.
The eCity London boasts a 1.5-litre petrol engine plus battery power and has an electric-supported range of 80 miles. The automaker says drivers can achieve a typical fuel saving of around £100 per week over regular cabs.
With air pollution killing around 48,000 people in France every year, and growing levels of smog in Paris itself, the TX has come at a vital time, says LEVC. 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.