LEVC (London EV Company) will begin trials of its new electric van next year.
Potential customers of the new electric van will begin using the vehicle in London in the second half of 2019.
The business is currently in discussion with a number of major public-sector fleets about joining the trials of prototype vehicles. This includes the Metropolitan Police Service and the London Fire Brigade – both of whom have ambitious programmes to clean up their vehicle fleets, with a target for all new vans being zero emission capable from 2025.
Like the taxi, the van will combine a fully electric powertrain with an economical petrol range-extender, this approach means cleaner vehicles that are able to go the distance but also lower running costs. LEVC expect that the vehicle – for its size – will deliver a competitive total cost of ownership.
LEVC have previously announced that this product is not intended for “last-mile delivery” and will instead focus on fleets where vehicles undertake demanding duty cycles – for example, travel over 100 miles a day. This is a segment currently dominated by one tonne medium sized diesel vans.
Other key features of the van will include a number of safety systems as standard. This means it will feature some of the latest semi-autonomous driver assistance systems – as well as meeting the world’s highest crash safety standards.