LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company)’s expansion of its European network marks another milestone with the appointment of dealers in Germany’s two largest cities.
- LEVC’s European expansion continues at pace with new dealers in Berlin and Hamburg
- Koch Gruppe Automobile AG, Berlin and AMC Kruell GmbH, Hamburg announced
- Both will provide full sales and after sales support for LEVC’s new VN5 van, electric taxi and TX Shuttle,
- LEVC’s EU-wide network will cover 21 European countries by the end of 2021
Koch Gruppe Automobile AG in Berlin and AMC Kruell GmbH in Hamburg will provide full sales and after sales support for LEVC’s TX Shuttle, which is based on the iconic London black taxi, and from Spring 2021, the company’s new VN5 one-tonne light van.
Their appointment brings the number of full LEVC dealers in Germany to three following the announcement of in July of Autohaus Markötter Bielefeld, operated by the Markötter Group, which is located in north-western Germany and supports customers in the Ostwestfalen-Lippe region. In addition to this, LEVC already has an additional six aftersales sites located in: Berlin, Karlsruhe, Hamburg, Hanau, Krefeld, and Munich.
LEVC, based in Coventry, UK has been manufacturing the official London black cab for more than 100 years, reinventing the vehicle as the TX Taxi in 2017; a range extended zero emissions capable taxi, which has already sold 4,500 vehicles worldwide.
From next Spring, LEVC’s new electric van, VN5, will be launched in Europe. Operating in the one-tonne sector, VN5 shares the same bold, distinctive design and lightweight aluminium construction as TX, as well as its innovative eCity electric technology. This gives a flexible zero emissions capable range of over 300 miles (484 km)and, with up to 5.5m capacity, VN5 cargo capacity easily accommodates two Euro sized pallets with a gross payload of 830kg.
TX Shuttle shares the same DNA as the electric London TX taxi and is powered by the same eCity technology, a zero emissions capable taxi with a flexible range of over 301 miles (484 km) and a pure EV range of 63 miles (101 km).
All TX Shuttles are purpose-built to keep all occupants safe and protected. Standard features include six passenger seats, wheelchair accessibility, a secure partition screen that separates the driver and passenger compartment, contactless payment in the rear, easy to clean surfaces and an intercom system that allows driver and passenger to always communicate clearly.
Joerg Hofmann, LEVC CEO, commented: “We are very pleased to add Koch Gruppe Automobile AG in Berlin and AMC Kruell GmbH in Hamburg to our growing network of dealers in Europe. With these appointments LEVC now has a major presence in two of Germany’s largest cities and I know they will provide superb service to customers who are keen to make the shift to a clean mobility.”
Thomas Koch, Chairman of the Board of Management of Koch Group Automobile AG said: “The partnership with LEVC is strategically important for us. We see a growing demand for electrically powered shuttle vehicles and vans – especially for major cities like Berlin. LEVC can provide for both these segments.
Vassilios Lambrinakos, Managing Director of AMC Kruell GmbH commented: “There is an increasing demand for more sustainable mobility options in our region and we are delighted to bring LEVC products to our local businesses and fleet operators. Our customers can look forward to innovative electric commercial vehicles with an impressive design.”
Since 2014, GEELY has invested more than £500m into the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC), allowing it to build an entirely new manufacturing facility in Ansty, Coventry.
LEVC manufactures the world’s only purpose-built, electric TX taxi and TX shuttle from its state-of-the-art factory with a vision to be the leading green commercial mobility solution provider. It’s new electric van, VN5, will be launched in Q4 2020.
Having already established a new central European sales office in Frankfurt to increase LEVC’s presence across Europe, new markets in 2020 such as Middle East, New Zealand and Australia will continue to increase the company’s export footprint.
This strategy will see LEVC move from 90 percent domestic sales and 10 percent export to 60 percent export by 2022.