LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) is set to revolutionise the commercial vehicle segment with the launch of VN5, its new electric light commercial van.
Available to order now, first VN5 deliveries will commence in right-hand drive form in Q4, with left-hand drive models available from March 2021.
Based around the same reliable, hard-working construction as LEVC’s highly successful TX taxi, the VN5 has a flexible zero emissions capable range of over 300 miles (484 km) delivered by LEVC’s innovative eCity electric technology.
With up to 5.5m3 capacity, VN5 cargo capacity easily accommodates two Euro sized pallets with a gross payload of 830kg. It has been built with a large side-loading door (enabling a pallet to be side-loaded) and a 60/40 split door at the rear to make loading and unloading easy for the driver.
Designed, engineered and manufactured at LEVC’s award winning production plant in Ansty, Coventry - the UK’s only dedicated electric vehicle factory - the VN5 is looking to enhance the green footprint of any business.
Joerg Hofmann, CEO, LEVC said: “VN5 sets new green mobility standards in the industry and establishes a new and highly desirable electric van segment.
“We’ve applied our extensive knowledge from the taxi world to create a high quality, hard-working van with zero emissions and long-distance capability. As well as offering favourable operating benefits, VN5 fulfils the growing demand from both businesses and consumers for cleaner, more sustainable commercial vehicles.”
VN5 has been designed to last twice as long as the competition, thanks to its strong and lightweight bonded aluminium monocoque and SMC construction. This technology is resistant to corrosion and absorbs twice the crash energy of mild steel. In addition, VN5 features SMC panels which are resistant to dents and which shrug off minor impacts and help to keep the vehicle on the road.
VN5 comes with a five year/150,000 mile vehicle warranty and a battery warranty of eight years/150,000 miles. Customers can also opt for an extended warranty of six years/200,000 miles for the vehicle and eight years/200,000 miles for the battery.
The new LEVC vehicle continues on its promise to deliver low operating costs with electricity for a full charge costing less than £2 on a low-cost electric vehicle tariff.
With zero emissions in the City, operators of the VN5 will be exempt from the £12.50 daily ULEZ charge in London and will benefit from similar treatment in other cities with pro-electric legislation.
Prices for the VN5 start at £46,500 for the Business model and £52,000 for the upgraded Ultima model on offer. However, in addition, the VN5 is expected to qualify for a number of national incentive schemes for low emissions vehicles, such as the UK OLEV plug-in grant. This means UK operators will receive a further discount of 20% off the purchase price, up to a maximum of £8,000.
Lex has confirmed Contract Hire rates for business users starting at £493.92 per month + VAT based on a 60-month contract covering 20,000 miles per annum.
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