LEVC reveals plug-in hybrid van based on London taxi

Light commercial vehicle uses range extender technology to eliminate range anxiety

Would you like to stay up to date with the latest from The Van Expert?

 

LEVC has revealed a light commercial van based on the same plug-in hybrid technology used in its London taxi.

The van has an electric-only range of 80 miles, but that increases to 377 miles when taking into account the petrol-powered internal combustion engine that can also charge the batteries.

The company says this set-up is advantageous because, unlike pure electric vans, it is not just ideal for ‘last-mile’ deliveries but is also capable of heading to out-of-town distribution depots. Drivers can use the petrol engine over long distances before switching to electric in town to avoid being charged in low-emission zones.

LEVC says it will reveal full details closer to the van’s launch in late 2020, but says it is targeting best-in-class total cost of ownership, high levels of safety equipment and will offer a durability guarantee.

LEVC plug-in hybrid van - rear van | The Van Expert

Joerg Hofmann, LEVC chief executive, 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 light commercial vehicle. 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, who helped launch the vehicle as he announced improvements to the capital’s EV charging infrastructure, 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.”

LEVC plug-in hybrid van - side view | The Van Expert

Share this on social media

Stuart Masson
Stuart Massonhttp://www.thecarexpert.co.uk
Stuart is the Editorial Director of The Van Expert, which came about after the success of sister site The Car Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help vehicle buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.

What are your thoughts? Let us know below.

More new and updated models

Volkswagen Amarok Black Edition bolsters range

Volkswagen has bolstered the specification on its pick-up truck model with a new Amarok Black Edition trim level.

Peugeot and Citroën launch small crew vans

PSA Group has announced crew van versions of its Peugeot Partner and Citroën Berlingo models, with a similar Vauxhall Combo version presumably on the way.

Citroën Dispatch gets new engine and gearbox option

Citroën UK has added a new engine and gearbox option to the Dispatch range. The Dispatch BlueHDi 120 S&S EAT8 eight-speed automatic...

Toyota Hilux gets new safety tech and styling updates

Toyota has announced a suite of updates for its Toyota Hilux pickup truck that improve safety and emissions as well as offering trim updates.

Ford introduces Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid

Ford has revealed the Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid, the first vehicle in the one-tonne van segment to offer zero-emission driving capability.

Order books open for new Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport

The new top-spec Mercedes Vito Sport is now available to order, with prices starting from £37,475.