LEVC has announced full details of its new VN5 electrified van, which is available to order now.
Based on the same platform as the TX London taxi, the VN5 has a pure electric range of 58 miles, which can be increased to more than 300 miles by firing up the onboard range-extender petrol engine, while its battery is capable of a 0-100% charge in 30 minutes using a 50kW DC charger.
It has a 5.5m3 loading capacity, which LEVC says can accommodate two Euro pallets, and a gross payload of up to 830kg.
Three different trim levels are available – Business, City and Ultima. Standard equipment across the range includes autonomous emergency braking, front and side driver and passenger airbags, cruise control, 9in touchscreen and dual zone climate control.
Extra equipment with City trim includes a heated windscreen, front and rear parking sensors, curtain airbags and lane departure warning, while range-topping Ultima also comes with a rear-view camera, luxury seats, metallic paint, and 22kW AC charging capability – the latter up from 11kW with the rest of the range.
Six option packs are available, including the Comfort pack, which comes with luxury driver and passenger seats, sat-nav, under-seat storage and a heated windscreen, and the Safety pack, which comes with road sign information, speed limit reading, lane departure warning and curtain airbags.
LEVC says it has worked with converters to ensure features such as racking, roof racks and light bars can be equipped, and other accessories available at launch will include seat covers, mats, and handheld device holders.
The first deliveries of right-hand-drive vans will be in the fourth quarter of 2020, with left-hand-drive models available in March 2021.
Prices start at £46,500 excluding VAT, but this does not include the potential £8,000 plug-in grant from the UK government, which is subject to final approval from the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles.