LEVC LCV light van

LEVC LCV light van

The LEVC LCV light van is based on the zero emission-capable TX electric taxi, featuring e-City range extender technology, with more than 80 miles of electric range and a total range of 377 miles. However order books won’t open until the end of 2020.

The LEVC LCV light vanwas revealed today by London Mayor Sadiq Khan and LEVC CEO Joerg Hofmann at the Institution of Engineering and Technology – where the city committed to introducing five new flagship charging hubs, new rapid charging infrastructure and a dedicated ‘one-stop-shop’ to handle infrastructure enquiries.

Based on the same architecture and e-City range extender technology as LEVC’s TX taxi, of which there are now almost 2,000 on the roads – the vast majority in London – this second vehicle from LEVC will provide an electric range of 80 miles and a combined petrol and EV range of 377 miles.

Targeting those who travel around 100 miles a day, LEVC’s 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.

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.

Every day there are 65,000 unique LCV journeys into London. London’s ULEZ is a blueprint and all major UK cities will introduce a Clean Air Zone by 2020.

The London Metropolitan Police & Fire Service have already committed to being fleet zero emissions capable by 2025, while it is expected that by 2030, 40 per of vans will be ‘new energy’ (i.e. electrified) and by 2040, all 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-euro 6 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 has revealed today that its new LCV will target best-in-class total cost of ownership, thanks to savings in fuel and servicing over conventional IC vans.

The LCV will also feature the class-leading turning circle synonymous with the black cab.

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.