London EV Black Cab Co Ready For LCV Trials

The company behind the new all-electric iconic London black cabs is now ready to branch out into EV light commercial vehicles.

LEVC (London EV Company) has announced it will begin trials with potential customers of its new electric van in the UK capital in the second half of 2019. The business is currently in discussion with several public-sector fleets about joining the trials of prototype vehicles. This includes the Metropolitan Police Service and the London Fire Brigade – both of whom have programs to clean up their vehicle fleets, with a target for all new vans being zero emission capable from 2025.

Earlier this year LEVC, manufacturer of the electric taxi now a common sight on the streets of central London, announced it would be entering the van market with a zero-emission capable product drawing on 70 years of experience of designing vehicles for city streets.

Like the taxi, the van will combine a fully electric powertrain with a gasoline range-extender allowing flexible use both in urban and semi-urban environments. The company had previously announced the van is not intended for “last-mile delivery” and will, instead, focus on fleets where vehicles undertake demanding duty cycles, traveling more than 100 miles daily. This is a segment currently dominated by 1-ton medium sized diesel powered vans.

Other key features of the van will include semi-autonomous safety systems as well the ability to meet the highest global crash safety standards.

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


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