Black Cab-Based LCVs Prototypes Take Shape

All-electric prototype LCVs based on the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) ‘black cab’ platform are now under construction.

The vans are under construction at the company’s factory in Ansty, Coventry, ahead of its debut at this year’s CV Show in April. The advantage of sharing platforms means the plant can handle builds of the LCVs alongside on-going orders for the TX model black cabs.

The prototypes will be deployed as test vehicles and undergo a development and homologation program including hot and cold climate testing, durability and crash testing. Van’s are made using the same lightweight aluminum architecture as the TX being 30% lighter than a conventional steel body, resistant to rust and pound-for-pound can absorb twice the crash energy of mild steel.

It also claims class-leading maneuverability with a city-friendly turning circle of just 10.1-meters (33-ft) and offer class-leading total cost of ownership. The vans also claim 80 miles of emissions free driving and a gasoline engine powered extended range of over 370 miles.

Joerg Hofmann, CEO of LEVC, said: “Prototype stage is an important milestone in our new electric van’s development process as we stay on track towards full production in Q4.  This new van satisfies the growing demand zero-emissions vehicles in the 1-tonne segment, currently dominated by diesel products, and combines this with extended mileage capability to totally eliminate any range-anxiety.  It’s an intelligent green mobility solution for any commercial vehicle operator.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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