Cologne has been relying on cabs with electric motors for some time now. Two particularly eye-catching representatives are now getting an exciting upgrade. Thanks to a few minor modifications, they can now be charged inductively. Ingenious or?!
Attention danger of confusion…London or Cologne?
A look at the two test cars makes one ponder then nevertheless short time. After all, the major city in North Rhine-Westphalia is not just upgrading any cabs. To be more precise, these are two LEV TX models. They come in the design of a classic British cab, but have state-of-the-art technology under the hood, including an electric motor. A glance at the driver’s side makes it clear that we are in Cologne and not in London. As soon as the battery of the vehicles is empty, they do not have to be plugged into a charging station. Instead, they simply have to park on an induction field. The city has set this up near the main train station.
All-electric cab service for more environmental protection
In line with the number of converted cabs, the charging station so far also offers two inductive charging points. The string puller of the whole thing was, by the way, Rheinenergie AG. The company wanted to launch a kind of pilot project to investigate how practical such charging options are. In addition to the space right next to the main train station, the city of Cologne is also providing the proud sum of 48,000 euros as funding. If the dress rehearsal is successful, the project will certainly not stop at just two charging stations. A total of six inductive charging fields are in the planning stage. If the project proves successful, other German cities will certainly follow Cologne in adopting a similar model. That would certainly be good for the environment.