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.”
London black cab maker LEVC has revealed the first details of its new LEVC e-Camper, claiming to be the world’s first electric campervan.
Based on the LEVC VN5 electric van and the LEVC TX5 taxi, the LEVC e-Camper is a plug-in hybrid leisure vehicle capable of 60 miles of electric only driving with a total range of more than 300 miles.
Produced in partnership with Wellhouse Leisure deliveries are expected to begin in Q4 of this year with a starting price of £62,250.
The e-Camper has sleeping room for up to four people with one bed in the main body and another bed in the pop-up roof. It features an integrated kitchen with electric cooking facilities, and has a central folding table.
The first row of seats can swivel 180-degrees to provide dining and socialising space, while the pop-up roof means that an adult can stand upright inside.
LEVC will also be launching a range of accessories for outdoor activities like mountain biking and surging with a range of rack solutions.
LEVC recently announced the VN5 taxi-based van would get Sortimo van racking options after being names as a new conversion partner for the London taxi-based electric van.
Sortimo’s SR5 van shelving has been customised to fit into the LEVC VN5 and will have a range of folding racking, drawers, roof racks and load boxes all available.
Customers are also able to choose their perfectl van storage options with the help of the mySortimo online configurator tool, as well as being able to get vehicle decals created for their vehicle.
The LEVC VN5 will be available with official internal racking after Sortimo was revealed as a new conversion partner for the London taxi-based electric van.
Sortimo’s SR5 van shelving has been customised to fit into the LEVC VN5 with folding racking, drawers, roof racks and load boxes all available. Customers be able to specify their ideal van storage options with the mySortimo the online configurator tool and be able to get vehicle decals created.
Joerg Hofmann, CEO of LEVC, said: “It is extremely important that we can offer VN5 customers flexible, bespoke solutions to meet their individual needs. Sortimo will play a vital role in ensuring we can offer high quality racking solutions that will make VN5 even more versatile and accessible to a wider range of markets.”