The company which makes London's black cabs is to develop an electric-powered version, which it is promoting as a "zero-emission urban taxi" designed for congested urban areas.
|Manganese Bronze's TX4
Manganese Bronze, based in Coventry, has signed an agreement with Tanfield to develop a battery powered version of its TX4 London cab - the TX4E. Tanfield subsidiary Smith Electric Vehicles claims to be the world's largest manufacturer of road-going commercial electric vehicles.
The new cab will be available from mid-2009 and could replace many of the UK capital's 20,000 licensed cabs. It will have a top speed of 80 km/hr and a range in excess of 160 km on one battery charge. It will be powered by an advanced electric drivetrain and an iron phosphate lithium-ion battery pack.
Tanfield told World Nuclear News that the technology will be Tanfield/Smith's well-proven all-electric system, recharged off-peak in six to eight hours, and capable of rapid top-up in an hour. Running costs are expected to be about half those of the present TX4 diesel version.
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