Iconic London black cabs in India now in e-avtaar as MUVs - Times of India

Iconic London black cabs in India now in e-avtaar as MUVs – Times of India


NEW DELHI: You can now ride in the iconic London black cab in India, albeit in an electric avataar.
The London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) has brought the TX electric shuttle to India earlier this year for around Rs 80 lakh-1 crore and so far has sold 8-10 of these iconic vehicles.
The England-headquartered company, which has evolved into an e-vehicle maker, traces its roots back to 1908, the year it started making the trademark shuttles.
Talks are on to have some components made in India so that the price can fall. The cars are currently being imported into the domestic market as completely built units (CBU) by an Indian firm.
The company’s London black cabs, earlier powered by fossil fuel, are now TX electric taxis. Both the e-taxi and car versions are more longer and more spacious than the original back cabs.
The TX Electric Shuttle was on display at the Queen’s birthday function hosted by the British High Commission in Delhi on Wednesday night.
A representative of the company importing these iconic cars to India told TOI: “Being CBUs that attract high duty and the fully customisable TX MUV costs between Rs 80 lakh and Rs 1 crore. We launched this car in India earlier this year.”
The company could scale up its presence depending on the market response. Its plans for India comes against the backdrop of a slew of e-vehicle launches from luxury automobile marques such as BMW, Audi, Porsche and Jaguar.
A British High Commission statement on the birthday party of Queen Elizabeth II — who turns 96 on April 21 and is completing 70 years as the British monarch — said: “Physical exhibits at the (birthday party) include: The iconic London Electric Vehicle Black Cab, which also hopes to introduce their Range Extender Electric Vehicle in India… British multinational toy retailer Hamleys in partnership with Reliance India (which now owns the marquee British brand).”
Once only synonymous with London, TEVS is taking the e-avtaar of the black cab overseas. Speaking about going beyond the European market, TEVC CEO Joerg Hofmann says on the company website, “Furthermore, we are expanding our footprint overseas, and it has been pleasing for us to establish our presence in Israel over the past few months… It’s an exciting and unique period of change for the automotive industry, and with our global network expanding and new product on the way, LEVC is well placed to grow and be a major contributor to electric vehicle transition.”


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