It will be available from 2020 with more than 80 miles (129 km) of all-electric range. The ICE acts solely as a generator.

The London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC), owned by Geely, unveiled a new light commercial van based on the LEVC TX taxi and equipped with the same e-City range extender powertrain.

Detailed specifications are not yet revealed, but LEVC hints at all-electric range of more than 80 miles (129 km) and a total range of 377 miles (607 km) when the ICE engine is used in series-hybrid configuration (ICE used solely as a generator).

According to LEVC, the van is targeted at companies that use vans for roughly 100 miles (161 km) per day. Besides fuel savings, an important advantage to go electric with LEVC will be the ability to enter zero- or low-emission zones.

"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."

"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."

The range-extended van will be available for order in 2020, which means the project is noticeably delayed compared to the initial plans.

"Full details of LEVC LCV will be revealed closer to its official launch, but LEVC can reveal 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. 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). In addition to this, the LCV will feature the iconic class leading turning circle synonymous with the black cab."

Currently, the company is focused on sales of TX taxis and already "just under 2,000" were put on the roads ("vast majority in London").

In the longer-term, LEVC plans to introduce an entire lineup of electrified vehicles, which will be produced at the facility in Ansty, Coventry, in which Geely invested £500 million since 2014.

"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."

LEVC light commercial van spec:

  • all-electric range of more than 80 miles (129 km) and total range of 377 miles (607 km) when the ICE engine is used in series-hybrid configuration (ICE used solely as a generator)

LEVC TX spec:

  • 31 kWh battery
  • up to 129 km (80 miles) of range, before the ICE will be required to power the generator for another 515 km (320 miles)
  • 120 kW electric motor (GKN Driveline eAxle) for rear-wheel drive. Similar to Volvo T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid models (both Volvo and LEVC are owned by Geely)
  • fast charging capability: both CHAdeMO and CCS Combo

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THE FUTURE OF CLEAN, GREEN URBAN DELIVERIES IS HERE: MEET LEVC’S NEW LIGHT COMMERCIAL VEHICLE

  • With demand for clean, sustainable commercial vehicles set to grow in all cities around the world, LEVC reveals its new light van based on the highly successful zero emission-capable TX electric taxi
  • 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

London, June 17th: The clean and green urban delivery van of tomorrow is here: LEVC’s new commercial vehicle, a zero-emission capable light van, draws on more than 70 years of knowledge from the same company that manufactures the world’s only purpose-built range extended electric taxi.

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 – LEVC’s new LCV has been designed to meet rapidly increasing global demand for green, electrified commercial transport; medium-sized vans capable of moving goods around urban areas efficiently, while helping to improve air quality.

Based on the same architecture and proven e-City range extender technology as LEVC’s TX taxi, of which there are now just under 2,000 on the roads – the vast majority in London – this second vehicle from LEVC will give operators and drivers huge amounts of flexibility with 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.

LEVC CEO Joerg Hofmann said: “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 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 can reveal 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. 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). In addition to this, the LCV will feature the iconic 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.

LEVC CEO, Joerg Hofmann, said: “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. Our goal is to be the leading European electric commercial vehicle provider.”

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.”