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New electric taxi makes debut

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One of London Taxi Company (LTC)’s all-new range extended electric taxi test vehicles has made its debut in the “First Glance” paddock at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The electric taxi prototype silently makes the world-famous Goodwood Hillclimb in front of some of the 200,000 visitors at the West Sussex motoring extravaganza in a vehicle class showcases the latest prototype and concept vehicles from around manufacturers around the world.

Taking the wheel will be young racing driver, currently the fastest woman in the Ginetta championship, 17-year-old Katie Milner – completing a trio of firsts for the London Taxi Company at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (FoS): the world dynamic debut of their electric taxi, the first taxi ever to feature on the famous Hill and the youngest female driver ever to take part in the Hillclimb event.

The electric taxi is also being presented on the live stage at the FoS Michelin Supercar Paddock, alongside some the fastest and most valuable cars on Earth. LTC say it has been invited to participate on this stage because of the taxi’s adaption of supercar manufacturing techniques. LTC’s extensive use of light weighting means that LTC can get the maximum distance out of the electric battery without impacting the strength and safety of the vehicle.

LTC’s appearance at FoS follows a rigorous period of testing across the world for the all-new electric taxi, which has included weeks and thousands of miles in both hot and cold climate endurance tests in the Arizona desert and Arctic Circle, respectively.

On sale later this year, LTC say its new electric taxi will be the most comprehensively tested product in the company’s history. With well over a million miles covered so far, these test vehicles have been more extensively tested than any of LTC’s last three taxis combined. This is not just to meet the exacting standards of London’s cab drivers but the requirements of drivers and climates of cities all around the world.

(Picture – London Taxi Company)

 
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