The next generation of London’s iconic black cab has been unveiled, paving the way for an LCV range.

With the launch of TX eCity taxi, the company name has also changed from LTC to LEVC.

This reflects the ambition of the company’s owner, the Chinese Geely automobile manufacturing giant, which has also owned the Volvo car brand since 2010, to create the “urban commercial vehicle provider of choice”.

Next summer it will be expanding its offering to include an as yet unspecified LCV. It is powered by an electric battery powertrain with a 1.3-litre petrol generator.

Called eCity, the range-extender can charge from empty to almost full in 20 minutes. Fast charging will take approximately two hours, or between eight to 10 hours on a trickle charge.

This will provide up to 400 miles of range, including 70 miles with zero tailpipe emissions.