The London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) has unveiled the production version of its new commercial vehicle, the LCV.
The van was unveiled by London Mayor Sadiq Khan and LEVC CEO Joerg Hofmann at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, where a commitment to improving London's EV charging infrastructure was also made.
It's based on the same architecture and has the same e-City hybrid drivetrain at LEVC's popular TX Taxi.
The LCV, which is being aimed at drivers who do 100 miles a day, has an all-electric range of 80 miles and a combined petrol and EV range of 377 miles, eliminating range anxiety for its users, and it will be capable of carrying a load of 800 kg. Those figures means that it is perfectly suited to the flexible demands of business users in the capital and beyond.
"Future urban transport is already changing rapidly and we have a golden opportunity to bring something new and disruptive to this market," said LEVC CEO Joerg Hofmann. "The light commercial vehicle sector is the only growing vehicle traffic segment in London. This is due to the rapid rise in internet shopping – the Amazonisation of retail."
"Every day there are 65,000 unique LCV journeys into London, but mobility must not come at the expense of air quality. London’s ULEZ is a blueprint and all major UK cities will introduce a Clean Air Zone by 2020," he added. "There is huge demand for a medium-sized zero emissions capable light van and the solution we offer will be more than capable of meeting the requirements of a rapidly evolving green logistics market."
The price for all of this environmental goodness will be a lot, though. We're not sure how much 'a lot', but it will be less than the £55,000 LEVC is charging for its taxi, and they haven't struggled to shift those, with nearly 2,000 being sold across Britain already.