The London Taxi Company recently unveiled their brand new production facility in Ansty, Coventry which will be where their all new electric black cab will be mass produced.
On the back of their £300 million investment into the site, Geely recently announced they will look to produce a “future-proofed electric white van” following fresh investment of around £25 million by parent company Geely, bringing their total investment into the site to around £325 million.
Development is said to be still at an early stage but next on the production line will be a purpose built, range extended EV based on a proven Volvo electric powertrain to meet growing demand from the commercial vehicle sector. The vehicle is being produced to tackle the urban pollution crisis by creating a “last mile” delivery/distribution vehicle for inner city drivers.
In recent years the air quality issue has arisen quite rapidly and the government are beginning to take action by introducing ULEZ zones in London which will mean all cars, motorcycles, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) will need to meet exhaust emission standards (ULEZ standards), or pay a daily charge, when travelling in central London. This will begin to take affect from September 2020.
This means electrification is to become a key component of the global strategy to reduce emissions and the London Taxi Company is determined to apply its expertise in advanced electric vehicle technology and the taxi market to create low emission urban commercial vehicles.
Chris Gubbey, CEO of the London Taxi Company said: “This is going to be the future proofed ’white van’ that people have been waiting for. Designed solely for the urban commercial sector, dedicated to the people who keep our cities working, it will be clean, competitive and ready for cities of the future.”