London’s Black Cab Maker Shows Off Electric Van

JUN 27 2018 BY MARK KANE 6

The London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC), other than its range-extended taxi TX, is developing a van (image above) equipped with the same powertrain.

The prototype was recently seen undergoing tests, as the market launch in 2019 is approaching fast. Public premiere is expected later this year.

The Geely-owned LEVC intends to produce in 2020 up to 10,000 TX and vans (fifty-fifty split) at a £325 million factory in Warwickshire, and up to 20,000 in 2022.

LEVC TX can go up to 70 miles (112 km) in all-electric mode using a 31 kWh battery – the plug-in hybrid van will have lower range, due to its bigger size and weight. Then you can recharge the battery (normal or fast charging CHAdeMO and CCS Combo) or fire-up the 1.5-litre petrol generator.

Range-Extended Taxi Van

“The company added that the vehicle will not focus on “last-mile delivery” but, instead, will provide the link between out-of-town distribution centres and city destinations. “Our segment is vans that undertake 100 miles a day — a role currently filled by one-tonne, medium-sized diesel vans,” LEVC said.”

“We are aiming to deliver a vehicle that, for its size, will deliver a competitive total cost of ownership.”

Similar figures are expected for the van, although they are likely to be slightly lower given the vehicle’s extra weight.

Source: Autocar

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6 Comments on "London’s Black Cab Maker Shows Off Electric Van"

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BoltUp

Awesome, now Recon needs to turn it into a camper van!

Leafy

I would like to buy one of these and take the petrol engine out, see how far it goes with a couple of more batteries.
The new taxi and this van are brilliant but all that engineering to put the petrol engine in will hopefully turn out to of been a waste of money pretty soon.
They could easily sell a bettery version.

wavelet

Why bother with a conversion for a commercial vehic;e? Why not one of the existing BEV vans (Nissan e-NV200, StreetScooter L, Renault Master ZE) or ones that will be launched in the next 1-2 years, like Mercedes eSprinter, VW e-Crafter etc.? All should be available sooner than the LEVC model, and from much larger companies with much better support/service networks.

JoeS.

Um, the title should have said “PHEV Van”. Whereas BEVs interest me, hybrids don’t at all, even by the maker of the wonderful London taxicab.

antrik

I never understood the idea of using a PHEV power train for this sort of vehicle… Since the routes are fixed, i.e. you never need the ICE as back-up for longer trips, adding the ICE (instead of just using a sufficiently large battery) seems a completely pointless exercise.

super390

I think it was shaped by the ICE-exclusion zones appearing in the center of cities like London. The battery is all that you’re allowed to use there. But if you’re driving a lot of people out to the airport, then the engine could be necessary. Of course, in the long years it always takes to get one of these taxis designed, the battery situation radically changed.