LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) has started the production for its new electric van, the VN5.
The new model is designed, engineered and manufactured at LEVC’s plant in Ansty, Coventry and follows the company’s electric taxi model. The vehicle has a lightweight aluminium construction and will account for around 70% of production volume by 2022.
The first vehicles will be delivered to UK customers before the end of the year and a left hand drive variant will join production in March 2021.
The VN5 project also benefited from government funding through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) which has supported LEVC in the design, development and testing of the new VN5 electric van, including a 32-month prototype testing programme.
Joerg Hofmann, CEO of LEVC, said: “Today is an historic moment for our iconic company as we launch a second product line and continue our growth strategy to become a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer. VN5 sets new green mobility standards in the industry and establishes a new and highly desirable electric van segment.”
Business and Industry Minister, Nadhim Zahawi, said: “In recent years, the London Electric Vehicle Company has proven itself to be a pioneer in developing electrified transport in the UK. Now, with government support, the company is further cementing its reputation with the production of new electric vans in the UK’s only factory dedicated entirely to electric vehicle production.
“This is a real boost for manufacturing in the West Midlands and for delivery companies looking to improve their green footprint, driving us towards a future of greener travel both at home and abroad.”