London’s new electric cabs to debut in Amsterdam next year

Updated 11 July 2017
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London’s new electric cabs to debut in Amsterdam next year

LONDON: A new electric version of London’s classic black cabs will arrive on the streets of Amsterdam next year, the first export market for the new model as the London Taxi Company, the Chinese-owned manufacturer, seeks to sell half its output abroad.
The firm, which will formally change its name to the London EV Company later this year, is undergoing a rapid expansion since it was bought out of bankruptcy by China’s Geely in 2013, opening a new plant in Coventry, central England, earlier this year.
By the turn of the decade it hopes to sell to overseas markets 50 percent of the roughly 10,000 vehicles to be produced each year, including a yet to be launched van, and has been showing the new electric plug-in hybrid taxi in a number of European cities.
Chief Executive Chris Gubbey told Reuters the firm had picked the Netherlands as its first export market due to its receptiveness to new technology and the new model’s compatibility with the needs of disabled people, including its ramp and high roof.
“It is a city that is very progressive in terms of protecting and improving its air quality,” he told Reuters.
“They just recognize what the product can do for their market: The accessibility, the ease of getting in and out,” he said.
Amsterdammers will not be able to hail the taxi in the street but instead it will be available as part of a municipal contract hire service provided by Dutch firm RMC to transport the elderly and disabled, including to and from hospital, he said.
RMC’s chief operating officer told Reuters the firm had yet to decide whether the 225 vehicles it is acquiring would be painted black color but said she was confident London cabs would prove a hit in the city and could also be used later in Rotterdam.
“This car takes away all the boundaries and all the differences because it is possible to transport everybody, give everybody the same experience in a beautiful car and because it is purpose-built,” Rohany Amat told Reuters.
“And it is a sustainable car. That is very important,” she said.


Aramco CEO attends China development event

Aramco CEO Amin Nasser meets Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during the China Development Forum 2019. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 27 March 2019
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Aramco CEO attends China development event

Aramco CEO Amin Nasser attended the China Development Forum, a three-day event that focused on key issues such as the supply-side structural reform, new measures of proactive fiscal policy, and the opening up of the financial sector and financial stability. 

The Aramco chief met the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during the forum. Li expressed his appreciation for Saudi Aramco’s investment in an integrated downstream project in Panjin city in Liaoning, coming right after the visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to China in February. 

The exchange also allowed Nasser to briefly outline Aramco’s plans in China including downstream investments in Zhejiang province.