LEVC, the Chinese-owned company that builds London’s new black cab, has unveiled a petrol-electric hybrid van based on the iconic taxi.
With a claimed electric-only range of 80 miles and a further 297 with the engine activated, the LEVC LCV is designed to replace the diesel-powered one-tonne vehicles that currently deliver goods from out-of-town distribution centres to addresses within the capital.
The vehicle was unveiled today at the Institution of Engineering and Technology by LEVC CEO Joerg Hofmann and London’s mayor Sadiq Khan, who hailed the van’s compatibility with the city’s clean air efforts.
“I am delighted that LEVC is applying the lessons learnt from designing and building London’s electric black cabs to this new van,” said the mayor.
“Developing clean, sustainable, electric vehicles is essential in order to tackle our air quality emergency and the climate change crisis. London’s commitment to clean air policies is driving our pursuit of a positive electric future for all.”