LEVC has launched its range-extender electric VN5 van in Europe, following the vehicle’s UK debut in November 2020.
The VN5, which is built in Ansty, Coventry, uses of the same eCity range-extender powertrain technology utilised in the TX electric taxi.
It aims to beat range-anxiety, with an EV range of 60 miles and a total driving range of more than 300 miles.
The VN5 is eligible for a number of EV grants and schemes across Europe.
Joerg Hofmann, LEVC CEO, said: “VN5 sets new standards for green commercial vehicles offering no range anxiety, real driver appeal and a stand-out design shared with our iconic London taxi.
“We have created a high quality, hard-working van with zero emissions and long-distance capability. As well as offering favorable operating benefits, VN5 fulfils the growing demand from both businesses and consumers for cleaner, more sustainable commercial vehicles.”
LEVC says the VN5 excels where businesses have to drive a significant number of “stem miles” from the depot to get to the first delivery address. Based on a real-world delivery scenario from a warehouse near Munich Airport to four central Munich destinations, a fully charged and fueled VN5 can complete a full day’s work and make the 75-km (46-mile) return trip six times, before it needs to recharge/refuel, far exceeding the range of a pure electric van.
It can be recharged from zero to 100% percent in 30 minutes, thanks to its 50kW DC charging capability. LEVC says a full charge can be completed in the time taken loading/ unloading at the depot, or for a short driver break.
LEVC is also launching a new telematics service, which offers productivity and cost savings for business of all sizes. Available to order on both TX electric taxi and VN5 electric van, LEVC Telematics is an integrated fleet management solution to optimise the way vehicles are used – delivering live data to track vehicles as smartly and efficiently as possible.