Atlanta’s rolled and recycled aluminium firm Novelis Inc. announced yesterday a partnership with the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) to supply premium aluminium to the firm for its new zero-emissions capable TX Electric Taxi.
Novelis says it will be providing LEVC aluminium sheet to the aluminium-framed vehicle, specifically Novelis AdvanzTM 5F- s5754 RC for the vehicle’s upper body and AdvanzTM 6F – e170 for the vehicle’s hood.
The agreement will have Novelis providing sheet aluminium to LEVC for thousands of TX units each year. LEVC says it hopes to make a significant contribution to alleviating the global air quality crisis with its vehicles. Using state-of-the-art construction techniques, LEVC says the TX Electric Taxi is lighter and more fuel efficient than its competition. According to specs, the TX Electric Taxi will run for about 70 miles on electric power, followed by 300 miles of operation using a standard combustion engine.
Paul Woolley, COO of LEVC, said that the TX Electric Taxi rests upon the cutting edge of electric taxi development.
“After extensive testing, LEVC’s new taxi is ready to do the job it was made for: transport people around the great cities of the world safely, cleanly and stylishly. Better for passengers, more cost effective for drivers, it will play a major role in helping to improve air quality benefiting all. I am immensely proud of the work we have carried out so far: we have produced a new icon, the world’s most advanced electric taxi.”
Michael Hahne, Vice President, Automotive, Novelis Europe, pointed out the ever-increasing use of electrification in automobiles and what it portends for aluminium alloys.
“Many automakers and particularly those like LEVC that sell urban vehicles are allocating more time and resources to electrification and lightweighting as a way to increase the performance of the vehicle and reduce CO2 emissions. LEVC wants to create cities that are cleaner and greener for everyone and by incorporating more infinitely recyclable and lightweight aluminium into the design of their vehicles, Novelis is helping LEVC achieve that mission.”
The firm closed by indicating that the aluminium alloy for this project will be produced at its plant in Nachterstedt, Germany.
Novelis is a subsidiary of Mumbai’s Hindalco Industries Ltd. Based in Atlanta, the firm accounts for almost half of Hindalco’s consolidated revenue. The world’s largest recycler of aluminium, Novelis conducts operations in ten different countries, employs around eleven thousand people, and reported US$10 billion in revenue for the most recent fiscal year.