UK: LEVC VN5 Plug-In Van Entered Production11/03/2020
The LEVC plug-in van is now rolling off the assembly line.
London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) announced the start of production of its new plug-in van, the LEVC VN5, at its plant in Ansty, Coventry, UK.
The range-extended van (a series-hybrid setup with plug-in capability, similar to LEVC TX taxi) has about 98 km (60.9 miles) of WLTP all-electric range (122 km / 75.8 miles under WLTP City), using its 31 kWh battery. The total range is 303.9 miles (489 km).
Initially, only the right-hand-drive version is produced for the British market, while the LHD version for other countries in Europe willo enter production in March 2021. The first deliveries are expected before the end of this year.
The company, which is part of Geely group, expects that by 2020, VN5 will account for 70% of its sales volume.
Both, the TX and VN5 have lightweight aluminum construction, which reduces weight and eliminates the rust problem:
“Both TX and VN5 start their journey in the bodystructure area of the factory as over 400 individual pieces of aluminium. This ‘clean air’ environment houses 5 hot cure robots that apply bonding adhesive to the aluminium and 4 hot cure ovens that bake the body structures for 185 degrees for 55-60 minutes. This technology creates a body which is 3-4 times stiffer than a welded body.”