The London Electric Vehicle Company, LEVC for short, has found its first partner in Austria as it appoints Grünzweig Automobil GmbH as exclusive distributor. The dealership is based near Vienna and will offer full sales and service support for LEVC’s product range which includes a taxi, a shuttle and a van.
LEVC expects demand for electric vans to “spike” in Austria since changes to tax (NoVA) for commercial vehicles will come into force this July. The company’s two main models, the TX and VN5, are exempt from NoVA payments. Martin Rada, Managing Director LEVC Europe, added that demand for zero-emission capable vehicles was “growing rapidly in Austria, particularly in its capital city”.
Owned by Geely, LEVC is building electric black cabs and most recently the van in Anstry near Coventry. Their VN5 transporter is already on sale in the UK and will be launched in Europe from Spring 2021. The VN5 like all LEVC vehicles is effectively range-extended and claims a pure EV range of about 60 miles (98 km). In total, LEVC specifies 300 miles (489 km) when taking the fuel into account. The cargo capacity accommodates two Euro sized pallets with a gross payload of 830kg. The VN5 can be ordered at prices starting at the equivalent of around 52,000 euros.
The expansion to Austria is also part of the company’s longer-term strategy. Joerg Hofmann, the LEVC CEO, commented: ”Growing our presence in Europe is a major focus of LEVC’s export strategy and I’m pleased to add another important new market to our network with the appointment of Grünzweig Automobil GmbH in Austria. There is an increasing demand for TX shuttle in European cities and a clear sales opportunity for our new VN5 electric van.”
The executive also confirmed LEVC’s plan to have 50 dealers in place at key European locations. They estimate combined sales volume on the continent to be higher than LEVC’s home market in the UK in 2022. They currently have 19 partnerships in place and set sights on Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Greece and Italy.
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