New LEVC electric van based on London taxi could be a game changer

New LEVC electric van based on London taxi could be a game changer


The makers of the new electric London cab has now developed a new van which could be a game changer in cities. LEVC’s new commercial vehicle is a zero-emissions light van which is similar to a Ford Transit in size. It was unveiled by London Mayor Sadiq Khan and LEVC CEO Joerg Hofmann at the Institution of Engineering and Technology. The vehicle is based on the same architecture and proven e-City range extender technology as LEVC’s TX taxi, of which there are now just under 2,000 on the roads.

It has an all-electric range of 80-miles, making it suitable for city drivers and with a range extender petrol engine it has a total range of 377-miles.

Therefore it is essentially a plug-in hybrid but achieves more pure electric range than a typical hybrid.

The vehicle will allow the driver to avoid any city driving charges and reduce the amount spent on fuel over time.

It is being targeted at those who travel around 100 miles a day, and not just last mile deliveries.

The range extender will be useful and used for long journeys outside of cities before switching to EV mode inside cities.

LEVC CEO Joerg Hofmann said: “Future urban transport is already changing rapidly and we have a golden opportunity to bring something new and disruptive to this market.

“The light commercial vehicle sector is the only growing vehicle traffic segment in London.

“This is due to the rapid rise in internet shopping – the Amazonisation of retail.

“Every day there are 65,000 unique LCV journeys into London, but mobility must not come at the expense of air quality.

“London’s ULEZ is a blueprint and all major UK cities will introduce a Clean Air Zone by 2020.

“There is huge demand for a medium-sized zero emissions capable light van and the solution we offer will be more than capable of meeting the requirements of a rapidly evolving green logistics market.”

The annual market for medium-sized ‘distribution to door’ vans is around 50,000 vehicles and with a £3,500 scrappage incentive for pre-euro 6 vans in London.

This is bolstered by up to an £8,000 grant for New Energy vans and today’s Mayoral announcement to rapidly expand the charging network, the foundations are in place for rapid growth in clean urban commercial vehicles.

Full details of LEVC LCV will be revealed closer to its official launch, but the firm claims that it will target best-in-class total cost of ownership, thanks to savings in fuel and servicing over conventional IC vans

LEVC CEO, Joerg Hofmann, said: “We have combined our existing knowledge of the urban environment with EV technology that can put urban mobility on a sustainable pathway.

“Durable, reliable, efficient, cost effective and high quality, that is our new LCV. London and the UK will be first to market, then we will extend the vehicle to Europe and further afield.

“Our goal is to be the leading European electric commercial vehicle provider.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “I am delighted that LEVC is applying the lessons learnt from designing and building London’s electric black cabs to this new van.

“Developing clean, sustainable, electric vehicles is essential in order to tackle our air quality emergency and the climate change crisis.

“London’s commitment to clean air policies is driving our pursuit of a positive electric future for all.”

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