The LEVC VN5 electric light commercial van is now available to order, with first deliveries commencing in right hand drive form in Q4, with LHD models available from March 2021.
Based on the same architecture and eCity range-extender technology as LEVC’s TX electric taxi, a pure EV range of 58 miles and a total flexible range of over 300 miles can be achieved.
Prices for the VN5 start from £46,500, or £493.92 per month rental based on Lex Autolease Contract Hire (without maintenance) over 60 months/20,000 mile per year with 9 months initial payment.
With up to 5.5m3 capacity, the VN5 cargo capacity accommodates two Euro-sized pallets with a gross payload of 830kg. It has been built with a large side-loading door enabling a pallet to be side-loaded and a 60/40 split door at the rear to make loading and unloading easy for the driver.
The LEVC VN5 is designed, engineered and manufactured at LEVC’s production plant in Coventry – the UK’s only dedicated electric vehicle factory.
Three VN5 variants are available – Business, City and Ultima. All VN5 models feature Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), front and side driver and passenger airbags, cruise control, nine-inch touchscreen and dual zone climate control as standard as well as 50kW DC rapid charging and minimum 11kW AC fast charging capability.
City trim adds a heated windscreen, front and rear parking sensors, curtain airbags and Lane Departure Warning.
The flagship Ultima features a rear-view camera, luxury seats, metallic paint and 22kW AC charging capability as standard. Six option packs are available.
The VN5 features a class-leading turning circle of just 10.1m allowing excellent mobility in busy city environments and can operate effortlessly in tight urban spaces.
The VN5 electric van delivers a ‘distribution to door’ service, combining long-distance usability with zero emissions capability. VN5 excels where businesses have to drive a significant number of “stem miles” from the depot to get to the first delivery address.
Based on a real-world delivery scenario from a warehouse near Heathrow Airport to four central London destinations, a fully charged and fuelled VN5 can complete a full day’s work and make the 47-mile return trip 6 times, before it needs to recharge/refuel, far exceeding the range of a pure electric van.
With the ability to go from zero charge to 100 percent in 30 minutes thanks to its 50kW DC charging capability, a full charge can be completed in the time taken loading/ unloading at the depot or for a short driver break and be back on the road.
The VN5 has 25,000-mile service intervals and a class leading five year/150,000 mile vehicle warranty and a battery warranty of eight years/150,000 miles. Customers can also opt for an extended warranty of six years/200,000 miles for the vehicle and eight years/200,000 miles for the battery.
A full charge costs less than £2 on a low cost electric vehicle tariff, and fuelling costs could be as low as £2 ppm versus £11 ppm for diesel equivalents.
With zero emissions in the City, operators of the VN5 will be exempt from the £12.50 daily ULEZ charge in London and will benefit from similar treatment in other cities with pro-electric legislation.
Lex Autolease has confirmed Contract Hire rates for business users starting at just £493.92 per month + VAT based on a 60-month contract covering 20,000 miles per annum.
The VN5 is also expected to qualify for a number of national incentive schemes for low emission vehicles, such as the UK OLEV plug-in grant. This means UK operators will receive a discount of 20% off the purchase price, up to a maximum of £8,000.
The VN5 will be sold through LEVC’s growing international dealer network, with more than 50 locations in the UK alone by the end of this year.