EV taxi maker LEVC launches range extended van

EV taxi maker LEVC launches range extended van


LEVC has launched a new range-extended van, building on the expertise it has built up after developing the TX Black Cab and expanding beyond a one-model range.

Set to use the same platform and powertrain as the TX range-extended taxi, the new LCV will not focus on ‘last-mile delivery’ trips, but instead provide a link between distribution centres and urban areas.

The target usage sector is vans that are driven around 100 miles per day, with the electric powertrain doing most of the driving. Users have the knowledge that the range-extender system is available as support though, so logistical requirements aren’t compromised.

The new model will be built at LEVC’s factory in Ansty, Coventry, and customer handovers are due to take place towards the end of the year. With the vast majority of the LCV market made up of diesel powered vehicles, a range-extended model is likely to be welcomed by businesses that are concerned about incoming Clean Air Zones and the like.

Although there are pure-electric vans on the market too, there are no range-extended variants available yet – until LEVC launches its new model.

Specifications are yet to be announced, but the LEVC TX can complete around 70 miles on electric power only (according to official figures), and more than 400 miles if the battery is topped-up with the range extender.

Rapid charging is available using a CCS connector, with the option of an additional CHAdeMO inlet, and up to 20 kW AC using the Type 2 section of the CCS socket. It’s a practical set-up that is likely to be carried over to the van.

Further details will be released closer to on-sale date, including prices, specifications, and technical information.

Find taxi-only charge points – available to use by licensed LEVC TX drivers – by using the filter on Zap-Map desktop and app.