Prince Charles visits London EV Company in Coventry

Charles’ clean, green driving machine! Prince of Wales gets behind the wheel of an eco-friendly black cab during a tour of a Coventry manufacturing plant

  • Prince of Wales is making a whistlestop tour of the city of Coventry on Monday
  • Charles visited the London EV Company’s Manufacturing Plant in Ansty Park
  • He viewed London’s new electric taxi: the TX eCity which was released in 2018
  • The eco-warrior royal was shown models including the FX3, released in 1948

The Prince of Wales couldn’t hide his delight when he got behind the wheel of a new eco-friendly black cab in Coventry today.

Charles, 70, was visiting the London EV Company (formerly the London Taxi Company) as part of a whistlestop tour of the city on Monday. 

He began his visit to R&D Centre and Manufacturing Plant in Ansty Park by viewing a display of five London taxis, representing 70 years of taxi production in Coventry. 

The eco-warrior royal was shown models spanning from the FX3, released in 1948, to London’s new electric taxi: the TX eCity which was released in 2018.

The Prince of Wales gets behind the wheel during a visit to the London EV Company (formerly the London Taxi Company) as part of a whistlestop tour of the city on Monday

Charles began his visit by viewing a display of five London taxis, representing 70 years of taxi production in Coventry (pictured second right, with the factory staff and council officials)

He also toured the assembly line and body shop to see the production processes of the TX eCity, and met with some of the company’s workers and apprentices before unveiling a plaque commemorating the visit.

London EV Company Ltd. (LEVC) has built the iconic London taxi in Coventry for almost 70 years. The company’s manufacturing plant, which opened in 2017, is the UK’s first car factory dedicated to the production of electric vehicles. 


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Earlier on Monday, the prince was left impressed when he visited a project marking his 70th birthday – an unloved, historic building with peeling wallpaper and damp.

Charles visited Coventry’s Drapers’ Hall to learn more about a £5 million project to transform the 19th century building into a music venue and education centre for young musicians. 

During his visit today, Charles toured the assembly line and body shop to see the production processes of the TX eCity, and met with some of the company’s workers and apprentices before unveiling a plaque commemorating the visit

One’s behind the steering wheel! The Prince of Wales couldn’t hide his delight when he got behind the wheel of a new eco-friendly black cab in Coventry today

The Prince of Wales (centre) walks along a line of all the taxi’s made by London EV as he tours the facility and meet employees during his visit to the London EV Company in Coventry. London EV Company has built the iconic London taxi in Coventry for almost 70 years

Charles walks along a line of all the taxi’s made by London EV. The manufacturing plant, which opened in 2017, is the UK’s first car factory dedicated to the production of electric vehicles

VIP visitor: The Prince of Wales began his visit to London EV on Monday by viewing a display of five London taxis, representing 70 years of taxi production in Coventry

The new London EV taxi manufactured by the London EV Company. LEVC has built the iconic London taxi in Coventry for almost 70 years

The Prince of Wales began his visit to the R&D Centre and Manufacturing Plant in Ansty Park by viewing a display of five London taxis, representing 70 years of taxi production in Coventry

The project is one of the ‘7 for 70’ initiatives – a collection of ambitious schemes to create community regeneration projects across the UK to mark the prince’s milestone birthday. 

Geoff Willcocks, vice chairman of Historic Coventry Trust which is working with Charles’s The Prince’s Foundation to revive the hall, said: ‘I think the prince thought it was a fantastic project.

‘Now seeing it in the flesh, he can actually appreciate how beautiful this building is and how incredibly well preserved some areas are.’

The Prince of Wales later visited Tricker’s Ltd to help mark the factor’s 190th year. Tricker’s is one of the region’s oldest shoemakers

Charles at Tricker’s today. The company, which uses traditional methods and processes to create its products, has held a Royal Warrant from The Prince of Wales since 1989

The prince toured the factory and met apprentices and factory workers as they undertook the 260 manufacturing processes that make up each pair of shoes or boots

The Prince also visited the Tricker’s Factory Shop, before unveiling a plaque to commemorate his visit in the company’s 190th year during his visit to Coventry today

The prince was taken on a tour of the Grade II* building begun in the 1830s but empty for the past 30 years, and ventured into a dark and dank basement to see a rusting Victorian range and a Second World War air raid shelter. 

It survived the Second World War bombing despite being a few metres from Coventry’s cathedral, which was destroyed.

Mr Willcocks added: ‘I was down in the cellars with the prince and one of the things he was saying was it was incredible that the building was still standing despite what had happened to Coventry in the Blitz.

‘The cellars were quite a spectacular moment because, obviously the paint’s peeling and it’s a bit rough, but it’s like stepping back in time.’

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