LEVC enters the Nordic electric vehicle market

LEVC enters the Nordic electric vehicle market

The Coventry-based London Electric Vehicle Company has unveiled its most-advanced electric taxi, set to go on sale in Norway in 2018.

LEVC premiered a Nordic version of its all-new electric TX six-seater taxi at the region’s largest electric vehicle summit.

This version of the range-extended electric taxi is left-hand drive and comes with a Scandinavian inspired trim.

In addition, it has been wrapped in the Flag of Norway to pay tribute to its close ties to Norway through suppliers like Hydro and Volvo Cars.

Chris Gubbey, CEO of LEVC said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for the company, for Northern Europe, for the air we breathe and for commercial vehicle drivers across the region.”

“To date taxi drivers in Norway have lacked a viable electric taxi which has held back electrification of the sector in an otherwise world-leading EV market.

“By appearing in the Flag of Norway, we also demonstrate our vehicle’s close links to the country – and demonstrate that we are here to support Norway’s bold EV transition by providing drivers with the right technology solution to confidently make the switch.

“All of this will help Norway meet its ambitious climate commitments.”

Jan Kåre Holmedal, managing director of Autoindustri AS said: “This is an exciting step for Autoindustri AS, and a great opportunity to introduce a new electric vehicle brand to Norway.

“We look forward to working with LEVC and establishing the business as Norway’s urban commercial vehicle provider of choice.

“We see huge potential for such environmental product as the LEVC Electric Taxi being introduced in Norway.”

The all-new electric zero-emissions-capable TX has built-in “eCity” technology which includes an advanced battery electric powertrain with a small petrol generator to give drivers complete range assurance and flexibility.

The new Norwegian vehicles will be fitted with geo-fencing technology, ensuring that the vehicle always runs in zero emission mode while in city centres.

To ensure significant fuel savings for drivers, LEVC has combined our eCity technology with a lightweight aluminium-bonded structure.

This increases vehicle range and significantly reduces fuel costs for drivers and operators.

The aluminium that LEVC uses is supplied by Hydro Extruded Solutions, formerly known as Sapa and now part of the global, fully integrated aluminium company Norsk Hydro.

Egil Hogna, EVP of Hydro Extruded Solutions said: “This is a good example of how Norwegian industry collaborates with international players to develop new and more sustainable solutions, using core expertise such as our aluminium know-how.

“Aluminium is the material of the future; it is strong, lightweight and infinitely recyclable, which makes it the metal of choice to develop lighter vehicles.

“We are looking forward to seeing the iconic London taxi with ‘a little Norway inside’ on the roads – not only here in Norway, but around the world.”