19 Jun 19

New electric LCV unveiled for zero emission deliveries

The manufacturer of London’s iconic black cab taxi has unveiled an electric light commercial vehicle for zero emission deliveries. The company aims to be the leading electric LCV maker in Europe.

LEVC’s new medium-sized van has a battery-powered range of 130km (80 miles) and, thanks to a petrol-powered range extender to recharge the battery on the move, a combined petrol and EV range of 600km (377 miles).

LEVC, owned by Chinese automotive giant Geely, has already sold 2,000 TX taxis with the same architecture and range extender technology.

The company says the belt-and-braces approach of battery plus range extender means the new van can rival diesel-powered rivals. Its target market are fleets that collect goods from depots outside urban areas for delivery to city centres where air quality is an issue. On trunk roads drivers can deploy the range extender, and then switch to electric in low emission zones. It’s a similar idea to Ford’s dual-power Transit Custom LCV.

Joerg Hofmann, CEO of LEVC said: “Future urban transport is changing rapidly. 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.”

Key details not yet announced

LEVC has yet to announce the payload of the vehicle, but a spokesman for the manufacturer indicated that it would be about 1 tonne. The van will also feature the TX taxi’s famously tight turning circle for easy manoeuvrability on congested city streets.

Prices will be announced when the order book opens in 2020, with production due to start in Coventry, UK in the last quarter of next year.

“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,” said Hofmann.

Authored by: Jonathan Manning