LEVC Glasgow is now the city’s first franchised electric taxi dealer.
It is located at Taggart’s Volvo showroom in Hillington Park, Glasgow, and run by Head of Business Derek Muir. The retailer operates as part of Taggart’s Motor Group, itself part of Lookers.
With around 20 TX electric taxis already operating across Glasgow, the appointment of an official dealer will further support the adoption of zero emission capable taxis.
With the TX, LEVC has completely redesigned the taxi, helping taxi drivers to lower their running costs, while offering passengers a more premium experience.
Gary Bowers, the first taxi driver in Glasgow to take delivery of TX last year, said: “The most surprising thing about the TX is the savings on maintenance and fuel.”
Overall, Gary has saved “several thousand pounds” maintaining the vehicle and regularly saves at least £75 per week on fuel.
On-board wi-fi, phone and laptop charging are all included, effectively making the new taxi a mobile office.
The official arrival of the LEVC TX in Glasgow comes at a time when Scotland is heavily investing in improving air quality and encouraging the adoption of electric vehicles.
Glasgow City Council has already begun to implement its electric vehicle strategy with £625,000 awarded by Transport Scotland to develop an existing charge point network – consisting of over 100 charge point locations.
Meanwhile, Edinburgh has just announced plans to install a further 66 charge points across the city.
Drivers of TX will be able to make the most of any charge point on offer with the flexible charging options available on TX: both CHAdeMO and CCS are available. TX boasts a pure electric range of 81 miles and a total range of 344 miles,including use of the ‘range extender’.
To support the roll out of electric taxis in the region, the Energy Saving Trust (Funded by Transport Scotland) will provide interest-free loans to replace conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) hackney cabs regardless of age.
Muir said: “We are delighted to announce the opening of our new LEVC Glasgow business operating from our Volvo showroom in Hillington. Our dedicated team are on hand to provide information on the amazing technology behind the TX and look forward to welcoming taxi drivers to come along and see our display vehicles and demonstrators.”