The London EV Company, makers of London black cabs, has revealed a van variant at the Frankfurt motor show.
The company said the van is built on the same architecture and uses the same e-City range extender technology as its taxi, of which 2500 have now been sold, adding it will give operators and drivers flexibility as it has an electric range of 80 miles and a combined petrol and EV range of 377 miles.
LEVC said it is targeting those who travel around 100 miles a day, with the van offering “distribution to door”, which it said “provides 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 urban ultra-low emissions zone.”
The model is due to be launched next year and the company added it will offer class-leading turning circles, in line with the taxi, while the firm said it is benchmarking it against MPVs to ensure drivers are comfortable.
LEVC CEO Joerg Hofmann said: “Future urban transport is already changing rapidly and we have a golden opportunity to bring something new and disruptive to this market. There is huge demand for a medium-sized zero emissions capable light van and our LCV is the perfect solution to the green logistics trend. This new van is durable, reliable, efficient, cost effective and high quality. Our goal is to be the European leader in green commercial mobility solutions.”