A factory set up to produce an electric fleet of the iconic London black cabs is set to open in March.
Mailonline reports that London Taxi Company and its Chinese owner Geely are investing £300 million in the factory near Coventry as it works to meet anti-pollution rules coming into force next year.
They are also hoping to sell the TX5 electric black cab to Europe and possibly as far afield as Japan.
The factory is expected to create 1,000 jobs, with 600 workers already hired.
London Taxi Company chief executive Chris Gubbey said the cab would be a ‘world beater’.
He added: “It’s a huge responsibility, The black cab is known throughout the world. It is an international icon.
“People who visit London from around the globe have seen and used them.
“But the challenge of both setting up a factory and launching a new vehicle really lit my fire. It ticked every single box.”
The TX5 will be able to run more than 70 miles on electric power only – enough, the firm says, for a day’s shift.
As a back-up it will have a 1.5-litre petrol engine on board to generate electricity for the electric motors.