Details of LEVC’s new electric light commercial van, based around the successful TX taxis, have been released today, including its name and expected launch date.
The electric vehicle manufacturer has chosen the name ‘VN5’ for its new vehicle based on its product naming strategy, As with TX for taxi, VN is chosen for van and ‘5’ to represent the volume of the cargo area, 5m³.
Full production of VN5 will commence at LEVC’s state-of-the-art factory in Q4 this year with volume expected to take up 70% of the annual 20,000-unit production capacity.
Joerg Hofmann, LEVC CEO, said: “Our new VN5 further signifies our transformation from the iconic British taxi brand to leading electric commercial vehicle manufacturer. VN5 is a purpose-built zero emission capable electric light van that offers class leading running costs, flexible zero emissions capable range and unrivalled durability. Following our success withTX in the taxi market, VN5 is now set to revolutionise green logistics.”
The VN5 cargo capacity can accommodate two Euro sized pallets with a gross payload of over 800kg. It has been built with a large side-loading door (enabling a pallet to be sideloaded) and a 60/40 split door at the rear to make loading and unloading easy for the driver.
Based on the same architecture and proven eCity range-extender technology as LEVC’s TX electric taxi, VN5 will offer the same electric powertrain with a pure EV range of 63 miles (102 km) and with a total flexible range of 301 miles (485 km). Like the TX, VN5 will feature a similar ultra-tight turning circle providing mobility in busy city environments.
LEVC’s VN5 is designed to provide ‘distribution to door’ – not just last mile – capability, creating a link between out of town depots and city centres. Based on a real world 47 mile (75 km) delivery route into central London, VN5 can make approximately twice the amount of journeys and deliveries as its segment competitors, by having the flexibility to operate emission (and penalty) free in the city’s restricted ULEZ environment.
The Coventry based manufacturers also claim the VN5 has been designed to last twice as long the competition, thanks to the first in sector lightweight bonded aluminium body structure, that is also currently used in TX. The tried and tested technology is resistant to corrosion and absorbs twice the crash energy of mild steel. In addition, VN5 features composite body panels which are resistant to dents, shrugging off minor impacts and helping to keep the vehicle on the road.
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