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Electric black cabs worth £55,599 each hit London’s roads | See car features + photos

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In a bid to improve air quality, manufacturers introduce the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC).

More than 9,000 such taxis, roughly half the current black cab fleet, are expected on London’s roads by 2021.

The new TX can travel 80 miles on a single battery charge and is fitted with a 1.5 litre petrol engine to assist with longer journeys.

Chris Gubbey, boss of manufacturer the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) insists the cab will “play a major role in helping to improve air quality”.

The launch comes weeks ahead of rules requiring new cabs in the capital to be capable of emitting zero emissions.

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The vehicle’s filtration system also removes harmful gases from incoming air.

The cab has six seats, contactless card machines, Wifi and USB charging.

LEVC says it will save drivers on average £100 in fuel a week.