LEVC confirms 2019 start for electric van trials

Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018   |   Author: Sean Keywood

LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) says it will begin trials with potential customers of its new electric van in London in the second half of next year.

The firm – formerly the London Taxi Company – says it is in discussions with a number of major public sector fleets about joining the trials of prototype vehicles, including the Met Police and London Fire Brigade – both of which want all their new vans to be zero-emissions capable by 2025.

As previously announced, the van will feature the same technology as LEVC’s electric taxi, pairing an electric powertrain with a range-extender petrol engine.

LEVC says the van is not intended for last-mile delivery work, but will instead compete with 1.0t diesel vans on fleets that operate demanding duty cycles, potentially travelling over 100 miles a day.

The firm also says the van will feature semi-autonomous safety systems, and pass its own million-mile TaxiDur test – billed as one of the most stringent vehicle durability testing regimes in the industry.

 



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