LEVC starts production of hybrid van model VN5
The Geely subsidiary LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) has started production of the new VN5 van model in Anstry near Coventry and has meanwhile integrated another partner in Germany into its local dealer network.
The VN5 van will be produced flexibly on a production line with the TX cab model in Anstry with immediate effect. The new model has the same electric drive with range extender on board as the TX, even the characteristic design is similar.
The first vehicles are to be delivered to British customers before the end of the year. LEVC expects the new VN5 to account for around 70 per cent of production volume by 2022. The VN5 can be ordered at prices starting at the equivalent of around 52,000 euros. Left-hand-drive vehicles are scheduled for production from March 2021. Delivery of the VN5 to mainland Europe is scheduled to roll out in Spring 2021.
The British company had presented the production model in July. The delivery van will be able to drive 98 kilometres on battery power. With the range extender, which LEVC calls ‘eCity’, the total range increases to 489 kilometres. A 50 kW charger will be able to fully charge the 31 kWh battery in 30 minutes. The AC charging capacity is 11 kW ex-works.
The VN5 offers up to 5.5 cubic meters of charging space and a payload of up to 830 kilograms. The rear door opens at a ratio of 60:40. In addition, the engineers of the Geely subsidiary have selected the size of the sliding side door so that a pallet can be loaded from the side. Basically, two Euro pallets fit into the van.
Like the TX, the VN5 is sold through LEVC’s dealer network. By the end of the year, this network is to comprise more than 50 locations in the UK alone. In the rest of Europe, LEVC is linking up with a good 30 other sales and service partners.