This is when LEVC’s Coventry-made electric van will be available

The London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) has revealed full details on its forthcoming electric van and revealed when the first ones will go out to customers.

Orders are now being taken for the VN5, which LEVC says is set to “revolutionise the commercial vehicle segment”.

The VN5 has a flexible zero emissions capable range of more than 300 miles delivered by LEVC’s eCity electric technology, which combines petrol and electric power.

It also uses the same architecture as LEVC’s TX London taxi and has some similar styling touches.

The first deliveries of right-hand drive versions of the VN5, which is being built at LEVC’s factory in Ansty Park, will start in the final quarter of 2020, with left-hand drive models available from March 2021.

With cargo capacity of up to 5.5m3, the VN5 can accommodate two Euro sized pallets with a gross payload of 830kg.

It has been built with a large side-loading door (enabling a pallet to be side-loaded) and a 60/40 split door at the rear to make loading and unloading easy for the driver.

LEVC says the VN5 will offer generous standard equipment, low operating costs, a comprehensive warranty and strong residual values. 

LEVC CEO Joerg Hofmann said: “VN5 sets new green mobility standards in the industry and establishes a new and highly desirable electric van segment. 

“We’ve applied our extensive knowledge from the taxi world to create a high quality, hard-working van with zero emissions and long-distance capability. 

“As well as offering favourable operating benefits, VN5 fulfils the growing demand from both businesses and consumers for cleaner, more sustainable commercial vehicles.”

VN5 features a front end common with the electric TX taxi, which was launched in 2018.

LED headlamps are fitted as standard, converting 80% of the power into light versus a typical 20% for a halogen lamp.

These are brighter, longer lasting and are four times more efficient than conventional halogen lamps.

Inside, VN5 also benefits from a driver-oriented cabin shared with the TX.

The driver’s seat is ergonomically designed and fully adjustable, while the steering wheel can also be adjusted for reach and rake.

Settings are accessed via a large central touchscreen with intuitive interface, while bright LED lighting clearly illuminates other key controls.

Three VN5 variants are available – Business, City and Ultima.



LEVC’s VN5 van

All VN5 models feature autonomous emergency braking (AEB), front and side driver and passenger airbags, cruise control, nine-inch touchscreen and dual zone climate control as standard as well as 50kW DC rapid charging and minimum 11kW AC fast charging capability.

City trim adds a heated windscreen, front and rear parking sensors, curtain airbags and lane departure warning, while the range-topping Ultima features a rear-view camera, luxury seats, metallic paint and 22kW AC charging capability as standard.

Six option packs are available, allowing customers to tailor to their specific preferences.

The vehicle will also be available with a range of accessories at launch including seat covers, mats and handheld device holders to enable customers to personalise and protect their vehicles.

Like the TX, the VN5 features a class-leading turning circle of just 10.1m.

In common with the TX the VN5 will have a pure EV range of 58 miles and a total flexible range of over 300 miles can be achieved.

It has the ability to go from zero charge to 100 percent in 30 minutes thanks to its 50kW DC charging capability.

VN5 comes with a five-year/150,000 mile vehicle warranty and a battery warranty of eight years/150,000 miles.

Customers can also opt for an extended warranty of six years/200,000 miles for the vehicle and eight years/200,000 miles for the battery.

Lex Autolease has confirmed contract hire rates for business users starting at £493.92 per month + VAT based on a 60 month contract covering 20,000 miles per annum.

In addition, VN5 is expected to qualify for a number of national incentive schemes for low emissions vehicles, such as the UK OLEV plug-in grant. This means UK operators will receive a discount of 20% off the purchase price, up to a maximum of £8,0003.

VN5 will be sold through LEVC’s growing international dealer network, with more than 50 locations in the UK alone by the end of this year.