LEVC has revealed its new LECV L380 taxi sparking rumours that the new MPV could become a van.
Based on the new EV platform from parent company Geely, the Space Oriented Architecture (SOA) platform is a fully-electric platform that will be the basis for a new eight seater taxi cab. LEVC has previously made the LEVC VN5 panel van that was based on the TX5 taxi used in London, so a commercial vehicle variant of the L380 could be in the pipeline.
LEVC says that the new model is the first of a new range of innovative, spacious, fully electric models to come from the brand. It also says that the SOA platform will help accelerate its transition from a high-end taxi manufacturer to a leading provider of e-mobility solutions.
The L380 Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) is the first model in the revamped product line-up that LEVC says will be underpinned by revolutionary technology. They claim the new vehicle will have advances in range, efficiency, safety, charging time, durability, and connectivity.
The LEVC L380 will initially be launched in China in 2024. Other markets will then follow for the L380 with LEVC promising more details, including technical specifications, as it gets closer to launch next year. For now the only details are that the vehicle will be available as a six- and eight-seat passenger vehicle putting it in the territory of the Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo.
Alex Nan, CEO of LEVC, said: “LEVC’s strategy is to become a leading zero-carbon mobility technology company and our new direction will see us grow beyond manufacturing the world’s most advanced taxi, the TX, and deliver smart, green, safe, and accessible mobility solutions to all.
“The L380 Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) ushers in not one but two firsts for LEVC. It is our first model to be based on advanced, flexible Space Oriented Architecture (SOA) technology – and it also launches LEVC into an entirely new sector.
“Setting new standards for occupant-focused interior space, L380 raises the bar for large luxury fully electric MPVs.”