The London Electrical Car Firm (LEVC) has commenced real-world testing and trials for its new electrical van mannequin, the VN5. Parcel supply agency DPD is the very first firm to take supply of the product in prototype kind.
Due to the similarities between the upcoming VN5 and the TX taxi, LEVC is kicking issues off by deploying a fleet of transformed TX-based prototypes using a full inside van conversion. In the meantime, the official VN5 launch is scheduled for later this yr.
“We’re delighted that DPD is the primary firm to start testing of our VN5 taxi-van prototypes. These real-world assessments mark a milestone event within the historical past of LEVC, as the corporate continues its transformation from an iconic British taxi model to a number one electrical automobile producer,” stated LEVC CEO Joerg Hofmann.
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“VN5 is about to revolutionize inexperienced logistics and we’re trying ahead to working with DPD because it places the automobile by its paces. Suggestions from main enterprise operators shall be essential to the additional growth of the van as we quickly transfer to its launch in This fall this yr,” Hofmann added.
In line with LEVC, the VN5’s cargo capability permits for 2 Euro sized pallets with a gross payload of greater than 800 kg (1,768 lbs). The automobile additionally options a big side-loading door and a 60/40 break up door on the rear.
As for its powertrain, it’s the identical as within the TX electric taxi, providing an EV vary of 63 miles (102 km) as per the WLTP requirements, and a complete versatile vary of 301 miles (485 km). Additionally just like the TX taxi, the VN5 is to boast the identical turning circle of simply 10.1 meters (33.1 ft).
The VN5 van’s trial part will happen over the following few months.