LEVC unveils London taxi-based range-extender electric van

New LEVC electric range-extender van uses London taxi technology

The London EV Company (LEVC) has unveiled a zero-emissions-capable light commercial vehicle (LCV) based on the same technology as its LEVC TX electric London taxi.

The van was revealed at the Institute of Engineering and Technology by London mayor Sadiq Khan and LEVC's CEO Joerg Hofmann as part of a wider announcement on the capital's electric-vehicle infrastructure.

LEVC says the van has been designed meet increasing demand around the world for environmentally friendly electrified commercial transport.

The front half is identical to the LEVC TX taxi, while the rear half is made up of a large cargo area. Under the metal, it uses the same range-extending petrol-electric drivetrain as the taxi, with a pure-electric range of 80 miles and a combined total range before fill-up is needed of 377 miles.

LEVC says the van's target customers are businesses covering around 100 miles a day, linking between out-of-town depots and city-centre delivery addresses.

Speaking at the launch, Hoffman said: "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.”

LEVC is promising best-in-class cost of ownership for the van, as well as the reassurance of a million-mile durability testing regime, modern active safety technology and driver comfort benchmarked against premium MPVs.

The van will be produced in the same Coventry factory that builds the LEVC TX. Order books are set to open towards the end of 2020.