London taxi maker LEVC expands into Austria

LEVC, the company which makes the iconic London taxi on the edge of Coventry, is expanding its operations into Austria.

The company has announced its move into the Austrian market with the appointment of Grünzweig Automobil GmbH as dealers for its vehicles.

The dealership is based near Austria’s capital city of Vienna and will offer full sales and service support for LEVC’s growing product range – TX taxi, TX shuttle and VN5 electric van.

The Austrian partnership forms part of am export drive by LEVC, which is based at Ansty Park.

Around 90% of LEVC’s current sales are in the domestic market with 10% exported.

By 2022 it wants to see the export market account for 60% of its sales.

Joerg Hofmann, CEO of LEVC, said: “Growing our presence in Europe is a major focus of LEVC’s export strategy and I’m pleased to add another important new market to our network with the appointment of Grünzweig Automobil GmbH in Austria.

“There is increasing demand for TX shuttle in European cities and a clear sales opportunity for our new VN5 electric van and we plan to have more than 50 dealer locations in place across Europe by the end of 2021.” 

Changes to tax (NoVA) for commercial vehicles come into force in July 2021 in Austria, lining up an anticipated spike in demand for vans offering an electric powertrain in order for customers to avoid extra charges.

The two main models currently made by LEVC, the TX and VN5, are exempt from NoVA payments in Austria.

In anticipation of becoming an LEVC specialist, Grünzweig Automobil GmbH is also installing fast charger equipment at its dealership.

Andreas Grünzweig, Managing Director of Grünzweig Automobil GmbH, said: “We are the first to offer the sustainable electric vehicles of LEVC to the Austrian market.

“Alongside our new partner, we are investing in innovative and sustainable mobility.

“We are constantly optimising our processes and resources as we embrace the future and demand for electric vehicles.

“ The VN5 in particular gives customers a great opportunity to buy into clean and efficient transport for the delivery sector. We look forward to an exciting collaboration with LEVC.”

Footage below as we take a spin in LEVC’s TX electric taxi

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Martin Rada, managing director LEVC Europe, said: “With Grünzweig Automobil GmbH we have found a professional and experienced partner based in Vienna who shares our passion for future mobility solutions.

“Demand for zero-emission capable vehicles is growing rapidly in Austria, particularly in its capital city, and I look forward to working with Grünzweig to establish our brand and products in this progressive market.”

LEVC is seeing growth in demand for its TX in Europe, as taxi operators and on demand shuttle services switch to greener mobility solutions. 

TX and TX shuttle are powered by LEVC’s eCity technology, zero emissions capable for 63 miles but with a flexible range of over 316 miles.

Based on the famous London ‘black cab’, the TX models offer six passenger seats, wheelchair accessibility and a purpose-built partition separating the driver from occupants.

LEVC’s new electric van, VN5, is already on sale in the UK and will be launched in Europe from spring this year.

Operating in the one-tonne sector, VN5 shares the same design and lightweight aluminium construction as TX, as well as its eCity electric technology.

VN5 can achieve a pure EV range of over 60 miles and a total flexible range of over 300 miles.

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

With 19 dealer partners already in place, the expansion of LEVC’s footprint in Europe continues across continental Europe this year, with further network growth planned in markets including Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Greece and Italy. 

There will be more than 50 dealers in place in European locations by the end of 2021 and the combined sales volume in the region is forecast to be higher than LEVC’s home market in the UK in 2022.

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