In the UK the company that delivered London’s first electric taxi has come up with a clean, green delivery van.

Basically it’s a light commercial version of the TX taxi launched in January last year.

As in Australia, the last leg delivery market is dominated by one tonne, medium-sized diesel vans.

London Electric Vehicle Company’s (LEVC) new LCV has been designed to meet rapidly increasing global demand for green, electrified commercial transport; medium-sized vans capable of moving goods around urban areas efficiently, while helping to improve air quality.

LEVC is wholly owned by the Chinese car maker Geely which also owns Volvo and Lotus.

Since 2014, Geely has invested more than $A900 million in a production facility in Ansty, near Coventry, where the new LCV will be made alongside the TX.

In the near future, LEVC will add to its commercial vehicle range with a new line-up of models that will use shared technology with Geely Commercial Vehicles.

LVC is based on the same architecture and proven e-City range extender technology as LEVC’s TX taxi, of which there are now just under 2000 on the roads – the vast majority in London.

This second vehicle from LEVC will give operators and drivers huge amounts of flexibility with an electric range of 130km and a combined petrol and EV range of just over 600km.

Targeting those who travel around 160km a day, LEVC’s LCV will offer ‘distribution to door’ – not just last mile – providing the link between out of town depots and city centres, capable of collecting goods outside of a major city in range extender mode, before switching to EV mode in an Ultra-Low Emissions Zone.

A sliding door and split double rear doors access an area space of 5.1 cubic metres, with a cargo area large enough to carry two Euro pallets and gross vehicle weight of 2.9 tonnes.

LEVC says its success with the TX taxi has proven that taxi drivers have become converts of green logistics, with huge benefits in terms of cost savings, while for commercial vehicle operators the e-City range extender technology takes away range anxiety once and for all.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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