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17. 09. 2019 08:09


Annual Magical Taxi Tour to Disneyland goes electric

The annual Magical Taxi Tour to Disneyland has gone electric.

A third of the 120 taxis taking part this year were the new electric TX model.

Organised by the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers, the annual tour takes over 200 children suffering from chronic diseases and life-limiting conditions to Disneyland Paris.

Third of taxis in Magical Taxi Tour are electric

This year's tour, which included 40 electric TX Taxis, set off from Canary Wharf on Friday (13 September) and returned on Sunday (15 September).

It was escorted by the City of London Police, French Gendarmerie Nationale, London Ambulance NHS Trust and AA breakdown.

Geely Holdings, owner of the London EV Company (LEVC), sponsors the event. It has donated £160,000 for the years 2016-2024.

Joerg Hofmann, LEVC CEO, says: “The Magical Taxi Tour is a fantastic example of why London’s ‘black cab’ drivers are deserved of the title ‘London’s finest’.

“Their unwavering contribution to this charity event has continued for 26 years, something the trade should be extremely proud of.

“Geely’s sponsorship will ensure that this event continues far into the future, allowing many more children to experience this once-in-a-lifetime trip.”

LEVC manufactures the electric TX Taxi, along with the TX Shuttle. It will also begin production of the LCV electric van in 2020.

Since January 2018, 2,500 electric taxis have been produced at the brand new Coventry factory. LEVC says they have prevented 6,800 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere and saved 850,000 litres of fuel.

By 2022, the factory will be working at full capacity, building 20,000 vehicles a year.

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