February 18, 2020

First electric van prototypes in build at LEVC

The first prototypes of the new van from London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) are now being built at the company’s factory in Ansty, Coventry, ahead of its debut at this year’s CV Show.

Due to the advanced manufacturing flexibility of the LEVC factory, it has been possible to build these verification prototypes on the same line, fully integrated with current TX production.

The prototypes 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 its TX electric taxi – 30% lighter than a conventional steel body, resistant to rust and pound for pound can absorb twice the crash energy of mild steel. It also offers a city-friendly turning circle of just 10.1m.

Joerg Hofmann, CEO of LEVC, commented: “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 for 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 says the new van will set new standards in green logistics with 80 miles of emissions-free driving and an extended electrically driven total range of over 370 miles.