Royal Mail starts LEVC electric van trial with the VN5
Royal Mail is testing a prototype version of LEVC’s new range-extender electric van, the VN5. The postal service is one of 25 businesses taking part in the British trial, which will last until Q4.Weiterlesen
UK government boosts electric automotive sector
The UK government has awarded £73.5 million in funding through the Advanced Propulsion Centre. This includes ten projects in the automotive sector to develop technologies to reduce CO2 emissions. A significant proportion of the money is being spent on furthering electric vehicle production and technology.Weiterlesen
LEVC pauses supplier payments for April
The London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) has apparently stopped payments to suppliers for at least a month. The company has invoked a force majeure clause in its contracts due to the coronavirus crisis. LEVC’s business plan for this year remains unchanged.Weiterlesen
Oxford City Council begins fleet electrification
In England, Oxford City Council has received the first six electric vehicles ordered as part of its Energy Superhub Oxford project. A further 27 battery-electric vehicles, including cars, a street sweeper, an excavator and mix of different sized vans, should be delivered over the next 3-4 months.Weiterlesen
LEVC names their first electric transporter VN5
The Geely subsidiary LEVC has announced the name of its new e-transporter with range extender due for production this year. It’s called the VN5, where the number represents the five cubic meter load capacity. There are also further details about the van’s chassis.Weiterlesen
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Azerbaijan receives 100 red electric cabs from LEVC
The London EV Company (LEVC), part of the Chinese Geely Group, has sold over 4,000 of its e-taxis with range extender since the model was launched at the beginning of 2018. Now 100 units have been delivered to Azerbaijan.Weiterlesen
LEVC to create 100 jobs in electric van production
The Geely subsidiary LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) wants to create 100 new jobs during the production of the new delivery van in Anstry near Coventry. Pre-series production of the PHEV transporter recently started. But the company also has ambitious plans with the well-known taxi model.Weiterlesen
UK funds wireless charging trial for electric cabs
The British government announces an investment of 3.4 million pounds for tests on wireless charging of electric taxis. Specifically, ten e-taxis from Nissan and LEVC are to be equipped with appropriate hardware and inductively charged in Nottingham for six months.Weiterlesen
LEVC to release hybrid-electric taxi in Japan
The UK Geely subsidiary LEVC is opening up a new market with its hybrid taxi, which combines an electric drive with a combustion engine as a range extender. The LEVC TX eCity has now been launched in Japan with the Fleetway and Service Company acting as the official importer and dealer.Weiterlesen
Inductive charging project for taxis in Cologne
In the German city of Cologne, an inductive (wireless) charging project for taxis is being set up called the Taxi Charging Concept for Public Spaces (TALAKO for short from the German). This is part of the SMATA feasibility project was launched in October.Weiterlesen
LEVC: Jörg Hoffman to follow Chris Gubbey
The London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC), which belongs to the Geely Group, will soon be managed by a German. After the current CEO Chris Gubbey announced his retirement, LEVC appointed the former Audi- and GM-Manager Jörg Hofmann as his successor.Weiterlesen
LEVC delays new electric van
The London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) is postponing the launch of its planned new electric delivery van. The new vehicle should have come out at the end of 2019, but will only be “ready for the market at the beginning of the 2020s”. LEVC already published a first photo of the EV in May 2018.Weiterlesen
Paris grants permission for launch of LEVC’s black cab
Geely-owned London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) will bring its electric taxi with range extender to Paris. A permit for the black cab has now been granted by the Paris authorities. The French capital is expected to receive the model called TX in the first half of 2019.Weiterlesen
Hamburg: Deutsche Bahn to use LEVC electric cabs
Deutsche Bahn subsidiary ioki has launched an individual shuttle service in Hamburg. The on-demand offer complements the public transit by operator VHH and is included in their ticketing. The partners opted for the range-extended electric taxis made by British LEVC.Weiterlesen
Beige electric cabs by LEVC kick-off in Germany
A bit of Britain has come to Germany today as LEVC launches their range extended cab in the country. The TX will cost just short of 60,000 euros and LEVC chairman Carl-Peter Forster believes the taxi will soon make it on “many significant markets” worldwide.Weiterlesen
London Black Cab rival en route to Coventry
Geely-owned LEVC that make the electrified London black cabs may soon have a rival right at their base in Coventry. The Chinese conglomerate Red Sun Group has reached out to Britain’s Ecotive and CAD CAM Automotive (CCA) to start building hybrid taxis in the UK as well.Weiterlesen
Electric Taxis in London to drive with GKN technology
London’s newest electric taxi will be driving using a brand new GKN Driveline technology. The eAxle system will be installed in the LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) taxis.Weiterlesen
LEVC to build electrified Black Cabs also in China
British Geely subsidy LEVC (London EV Company) wants to produce and offer its electrified London Taxis with range extender in the People’s Republic, too. Market launch is scheduled for 2019.Weiterlesen
LEVC, Faraday, Audi, BMW, Daimler, Mexico.
LTC embarks on electric future: London’s electric taxi has been unveiled in its final design today and the Geely-owned subsidiary used the occasion for a revamp of the brand. Now dubbed LEVC (for London EV Company, formerly London Taxi Company), the firm hopes to extend its range beyond the British border and has found one new customer already. Dutch RMC put a pre-order over 225 so-called TX cabs in. Plus, the order books for the UK will open on August, 1. Nora Manthey was at the launch and spoke to LEVC’s CEO Chris Gubbey and Mike Hedges of Unite union of taxi drivers. In summary, LECV and London face three challenges: growth, competition, and charging infrastructure.
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Faraday gives up on factory: For now, FF has stopped its plan to build a 1bn dollar factory close to Vegas for good but still did not admit the final word may has been spoken officially. Instead, the ambitious start-up so unfortunately backed by financially stricken LeEco is looking to realise its EV production plans elsewhere and within an existing plant. If the grandly announced FF91 will ever become a reality remains unclear as ever in the current situation.
electrek.co, autoblog.com, businessinsider.de, insideevs.com
Audi presents A8: The German carmaker has unveiled the next generation of its top-of-the-line model, scheduled to hit the shelves in late autumn. All versions will come with 48 volts mild-hybrid tech. That is until the A8 L e-tron quattro with 449 hp and a more powerful plug-in hybrid drive with the ability to benefit from Audi’s 3.6 kW inductive charging system is to follow.
carscoops.com, autocar.co.uk, audi-mediacenter.com
BMW confirms its full presence in the Formula E from season 5, when it will be taking over the Andretti entry from 2018/19 onwards. Expect to see both Audi with Abt and BMW go head to head on the race course and it is very likely we will see some tech advances coming out of the box as well.
Daimler invests in CleverShuttle: Daimler subsidiary EvoBus GmbH joins Berlin-based CleverShuttle as a strategic investor with a minority stake. The start-up operates a ride sharing mobility service in Berlin, Munich and Leipzig. Together the “newly-weds” seek to develop on-demand services for firms and transport associations.
First EV made in Mexico: Mexicana Motores Limpios presents the first locally made EV. The compact Zacua’s range is about 160 km. 200 units shall roll off the lines in 2018, before capacity shall increase slightly to 300 by 2019. In the next 4 years, MML intends to launch 4 more models and to export, too.