London EV Company to trial its electric van in 2019
London EV Company, manufacturer of the world’s most advanced electric taxi, has announced that it will start customer trials of its new electric van in the second half of 2019.
The business is currently in discussion with major public-sector fleets such as the Metropolitan Police Service and the London Fire Brigade about joining the trials of prototype vehicles, with both aiming for all new vans on fleet to be zero emission capable from 2025.
Earlier this year London EV Company (LEVC) announced it would be entering the van market with a zero-emission capable product. The product combines 70 years of knowledge of designing vehicles for city streets with a proven electric vehicle powertrain.
Like the taxi, the van will combine a fully electric powertrain with an economical petrol range-extender, with LEVC expecting that the vehicle will deliver a competitive total cost of ownership for its size.
LEVC have previously announced that this product is not intended for “last-mile delivery” and will instead focus on fleets where vehicles undertake demanding duty cycles – a segment currently dominated by one-tonne medium sized diesel vans.
Other key features of the van will include the vehicle being required to meet LEVC’s million-mile TaxiDur test – one the most stringent vehicle durability testing regimes.