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A London icon turns to aluminium

Kevin Widlic

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A London icon turns to aluminium

London Electrical Vehicle Company’s zero-emissions black cab, the TX eCity.

Walking along the busy streets of London, you cannot avoid seeing the city’s iconic black cabs. These cabs are now electric, built better with aluminium.

London Electrical Vehicle Company’s all new zero-emissions black cab, the TX eCity, hit the roads in early 2018. The petrol and electric-powered taxi is replacing older diesel models on the city’s roads.

London Electrical Vehicle Company (LEVC) assembles the TX eCity at its factory in Coventry.

Lighter and safer with aluminium

The extensive use of aluminium in the TX eCity has lightened the weight of the frame by 30 percent, compared with previous models. This significant weight reduction improves handling and overall performance. It also increases the range of the vehicle’s electric engine.

In addition, LEVC points out that the high strength of the external structure of the TX eCity – aluminium is light, but also strong – gives it “greater resistance to impacts.” This makes “damage to internal components is less likely in the event of an impact.”

Aluminium absorbs twice as much energy as mild steel, pound for pound. Its energy-absorption properties contribute toward making TX eCity one of the safest taxicabs in which you will ride.

Read more about the technology in LEVC’s TX eCity.

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