The Coventry-based LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company)’s real-world testing and trial phase for VN5, its new electric van, has another new partner: Speedy, the UK’s leading tools and equipment hire company.
Joining other UK businesses such as Royal Mail and DPD, Speedy is the latest company to take delivery of a converted TX prototype in the UK.
Speedy is the UK’s leading hire provider of tools, plant and specialist equipment. With more than 200 depots across the UK and Ireland and serving more than 85 per cent of the top contractors across the UK.
Joerg Hofmann, LEVC CEO, said: “We are pleased to be joining forces with Speedy, adding another high-profile name to our growing roster of VN5 trial partners. Its business is based on delivering tools and equipment to construction and infrastructure sites, often in and around large cities: the kind of working day our new flexible, zero-emission capable one-tonne van was built for. We are looking forward to developing our relationship with Speedy over the coming months.”
Launched earlier this year, VN5 is based on the same architecture and proven eCity range-extender technology as LEVC’s TX electric taxi and gives a pure EV range of 61 miles (93 km) and a total flexible range of over 300 miles (484 km). Like the TX taxi, VN5 is equipped with a class-leading turning circle of just 10.1m for unrivalled mobility in busy city environments.
VN5’s cargo capacity easily accommodates 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 side-loaded) and a 60/40 split door at the rear to make loading and unloading easy for the driver.
Aaron Powell, Head of Fleet at Speedy, said: “The construction sector accounts for 10 per cent of the UK’s carbon emissions and we recognise that the hire industry is uniquely placed to introduce innovative, sustainable solutions that can reduce this. This new electric van will set a new standard for small electric commercial vehicles, LEVC’s powertrain technology has already saved 36,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere through its use in the taxi and shuttle market.
“Energise, our environmental and social responsibility programme, sits at the heart of how we operate and together with satisfying demand for low-carbon products, we’re committed to revolutionising how we collect and deliver them for our customers. We look forward to growing our partnership with LEVC to bring greener transport options into the sector.”
LEVC’s trial phase is taking place over the next few months and will see over 25 partners take delivery of the test vehicles, ranging from tool & equipment hire to energy suppliers and delivery services. These companies have been specifically chosen to put the vehicle through a variety of different use cases.
Since 2014, LEVC’s owners Geely Auto Group is a leading automobile manufacturer based in Hangzhou, China has invested more than £500 million into the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC), allowing it to build an entirely new manufacturing facility in Ansty, Coventry.
LEVC manufactures the world’s only purpose-built, electric TX taxi and TX shuttle from its state-of-the-art factory with a vision to be the leading green commercial mobility solution provider. It’s new electric van, VN5, will be launched in Q4 2020.
Having already established a new central European sales office in Frankfurt to increase LEVC’s presence across Europe, new markets in 2020 such as Middle East, New Zealand and Australia will continue to increase the company’s export footprint. This strategy will see LEVC move from 90 percent domestic sales and 10 percent export to 60 percent export by 2022.