New Electric Van On The Way
The firm behind the new London Taxi, LEVC, is following that up with an electric van due to go on sale in 2019
The Coventry-based company has announced that its new plug-in electric van is set to go on sale in 2019.
The electric van, which does not have a name as yet, will eventually make up around half of the vehicles that very quietly roll off the company’s production line, and is set to carry over much of the EV tech from the TX London Taxi that was launched last year.
This means its range extender will be the same 1.5-litre petrol three-cylinder from sister company Volvo, with an additional electric motor being used to power the rear wheels. In the taxi this equates to a pure electric range of around 80 miles – more than the proposed minimum of 50 miles hybrids may require in the UK by 2040. However, with the range extender, that figure increases to near 400 miles.
While LEVC hasn’t released official pricing for the van, the electric taxi costs around £55,000, so don’t expect the van to undercut its engine powered rivals for purchase price. However, LEVC says the van will deliver a “competitive total cost of ownership”, meaning it is confident the lower running costs will make it more comparable to traditional vans such as the Volkswagen Caddy.
Initially the van will be available with just one body style, a regular medium-sized panel van with barn doors at the rear and a sliding door on the side, but due to the design of the van, future variants are possible. Cargo space and load capacity are also yet to be announced.
LEVC is using the new van to target fleet users who need a lower emission link for moving goods from out of town distribution sites to city destinations. The Coventry firm’s eCity technology will allow van drivers to save battery charge until reaching city areas, where zero emissions is becoming ever more important.
The van will also come with geofencing capabilities (allowing electric only driving modes to be enforced in designated areas), which will become more important as major cities look to enforce electric only driving.