LEVC (London EV Company) announced it will start trials of its new electric van with potential customers in London in the second half of 2019.
The business is currently in discussion with a number of major public-sector fleets about joining the trials of prototype vehicles. This includes the Metropolitan Police Service and the London Fire Brigade—both of which have ambitious programs to clean up their vehicle fleets, with a target for all new vans being zero-emission capable from 2025.
Earlier this year LEVC, which currently manufactures an electric taxi, announced it would enter the van market with a zero-emission capable product. Like the taxi, the van will combine a fully electric powertrain with an economical gasoline range-extender.
LEVC previously announced that this product is not intended for “last-mile delivery” and will instead focus on fleets where vehicles undertake demanding duty cycles—for example, travel of more than 100 miles a day. This is a segment currently dominated by 1 tonne medium-sized diesel vans.