London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) has started building the first prototypes of its new van, ahead of its debut at the CV Show on April 28.
The prototypes are being built at the company’s factory in Ansty, Coventry, on the same line, fully integrated with production of LEVC’s TX electric taxi. These will be deployed as test vehicles and undergo a strict development and homologation programme including hot and cold climate testing, durability and crash testing.
LEVC’s electric van is constructed using the same lightweight aluminium architecture as the TX: 30% lighter than a conventional steel body, resistant to any form of rust and pound for pound can absorb twice the crash energy of mild steel.
The electric van, first unveiled [https://thevanexpert.co.uk/london-electric-vehicle-company-unveils-electric-van/] in September last year, also has a turning circle of just 10.1 metres and will offer class leading total cost of ownership, according to the company.
Joerg Hofmann, LEVC’s CEO said: “Prototype stage is an important milestone in our new electric van’s development process as we stay on track towards full production in Q4. This new van satisfies the growing demand zero-emissions vehicles in the 1-tonne segment, currently dominated by diesel products, and combines this with extended mileage capability to totally eliminate any range-anxiety. It’s an intelligent green mobility solution for any commercial vehicle operator.”
Using the proven TX e-City range extender technology, LEVC’s new van will provide 80 miles of emissions free driving and combined electric and petrol total range of more than 370 miles. Owing to its flexible range, it offers a ‘distribution to door’ – not just last mile – service, providing a link between out of town depots and city centres.