LEVC reveals zero emissions-capable range-extended electric van
With demand for clean, sustainable commercial vehicles set to grow in all cities around the world, LEVC publicly reveals its new light van - called the LCV - based on the highly successful zero emission-capable TX electric taxi.
In a sector currently dominated by one-tonne medium size diesel vans, LEVC revealed today that its new LCV - announced earlier this year - will target best-in-class total cost of ownership, thanks to savings in fuel and servicing over conventional diesel and petrol vans.
In addition to this, the LCV will feature the iconic class-leading turning circle synonymous with the black cab.
No range anxiety
Featuring the company’s proven e-City range extender technology, it removes range anxiety completely, boasting more than 80 miles of electric range and a total range of 377 miles.
The new LCV gives operators the flexibility and freedom to enter low emission zones and travel to out of town distribution centres.
Set to offer best-in-class ownership costs and a load area that can fit two Euro pallets, it distils 70 years of urban commercial vehicle knowledge into one van.
Revealed today by London Mayor Sadiq Khan and LEVC CEO Joerg Hofmann, LEVC welcomes the Mayor’s bold new plan to increase charging infrastructure in London.
Order books are set to open towards the end of 2020, and the new van will be followed by a full range of ‘new energy’ CVs, supporting LEVC’s vision to be the leading European electric commercial vehicle provider.
Targeting those who travel around 100 miles a day, the LCV will offer ‘distribution to door’ – not just last mile – providing the link between out of town depots and city centres, capable of collecting goods outside of a major city in range extender mode, before switching to EV mode in an Ultra-Low Emissions Zone.
This is currently a sector of the market dominated by one-tonne medium size diesel vans.
Green logistics converts
LEVC’s success with the TX taxi has proven that taxi drivers have become converts of green logistics, with huge benefits in terms of cost savings, while for commercial vehicle operators the e-City range extender technology takes away range anxiety once and for all.
LEVC's CEO Joerg Hofmann, says: “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.”
With cities bringing increasing pressure on manufacturers to offer clean vehicles, there is a huge opportunity for LEVC.
The London Metropolitan Police & Fire Services have already committed to being fleet zero emissions capable by 2025, while it is expected that by 2030, 40% of vans will be ‘new energy’ (i.e. electrified) and by 2040, all vans.
Annual market of 50,000 light vans
The annual market for medium-sized ‘distribution to door’ vans is around 50,000 vehicles and with a £3,500 scrappage incentive for pre-Euro6 vans in London, 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 a rapid growth in clean urban commercial vehicles.
Full details of LEVC LCV will be revealed closer to its official launch, but LEVC revealed today that its new LCV will target best-in-class total cost of ownership, thanks to savings in fuel and servicing over conventional diesel and petrol vans.
It will also have durability guaranteed: LEVC has tested the new van to the world’s highest durability standards, adapting its million-mile TaxiDur test for the light commercial vehicle.
As standard, it will have class-leading safety, featuring the latest active safety systems from some of the world’s leading technology providers, along with the world’s highest crash safety standards.
It will be better for drivers too, benchmarked against premium MPVs on comfort and ergonomics with a cabin designed around the needs of the van driver (and passenger).
Adds Mr Hofmann: “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.”
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.”
LEVC manufactures the world’s only purpose-built, range extended electric taxi.
Since 2014, its parent company GEELY has invested £500m in a production facility in Ansty, Coventry, where the new LCV will be made alongside the TX.
In the near future, LEVC will add to its commercial vehicle range with a new line-up of models that will use shared technology with GEELY Commercial Vehicles.
Find out more: https://www.levc.com