The implication is the LCV will be, from a business perspective, superior to pure-electric delivery vans, which have a more limited range and potentially require more downtime for charging.
LEVC CEO Jörg Hofmann said: "Due to the rapid rise in internet shopping – the 'Amazonisation' of retail - every day there are 65,000 unique LCV journeys into London. London’s ULEZ is a blueprint, and all major UK cities will introduce a clean air zone by 2020. There's huge demand for a medium-sized zero-emissions-capable light van, and the solution we offer will be more than capable of meeting the requirements of a rapidly evolving green logistics market."
Because the LCV is based on the TX, which incorporates a number of Volvo components and sub-systems, LEVC says it will feature "the latest active safety systems and crash standards" and that it has a passenger area "benchmarked against premium MPVs". One real-world advantage for the LCV will be its ultra-tight turning circle - something carried over from the TX.
Like the cab, however, the LCV will be a premium product, with a list price below that of the £55,000 taxi, although its is likely to be marketed on a monthly lease, like the taxi. It won’t be available to order until the second half of 2020, however. When production is in full swing, LEVC expects to sell around 10,000 vans each year and will be looking to export to European cities.
LEVC - which is owned by Chinese giant Geely - says that it will also be introducing a "full range" of electrified commercial vehicles from 2020 onwards.
Autocar understands that Geely is now working on a line-up of more cost-effective commercial vehicles aimed at regional cities, a number of which are expected to introduce London-style low emission zones over the next few years. Joerg Hofmann told Autocar that LEVC was looking a ‘potential future portfolio’ of new vehicles via owner Geely.
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