In a recently conducted research, it has been found that some of the most common models of famous London taxis are causing 30 times more pollution than the personal cars of the same age group. The Real Urban Emissions (TRUE) took measurements of nitrogen oxide (NOx), Carbon dioxide (CO2) and particulate matter emissions from 100,000 vehicles which revealed the hazardous impact of London taxi onto the environment of the city.
Another shocking part was that some of the new models of London taxi are emitting more pollution than the older models. Euro 5 models made by the (LEVC) London Electric Vehicle Company along with older models are responsible for about 50 percent of London’s NOx emissions from passenger cars. The research also revealed that the average bus fleet NOX emissions have fallen by 65% in the past five years.
The London mayor, Sadiq Khan said, “The toxicity of the air in London is damaging the lungs of our children, causing asthma problems and many premature deaths. We all should play our part in the cleaning of toxic air from our city.”
LEVC is now on a mission to make electric cabs and already 1000 of them are on the roads, so we can assume that in 2020, the city will be less toxic.