LEVC appoints Bott Group as official VN5 converter

LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) has today announced Bott Group as an official authorised converter in the UK and Europe, to provide bespoke racking solutions for its new electric van, VN5.

The Bott Group is a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of in-vehicle equipment, workshop equipment and workplace systems.

Key points:

  • LEVC announces Bott Group as an official authorised converter
  • The bott vario3 modular racking system is currently exclusive to VN5
  • The first LEVC conversion type created is to a Technician/Service Engineer specification
  • VN5 is now available for order, for more information visit: www.LEVC.com/vn5 

LEVC CEO, Joerg Hofmann commented: “From logistics and telecommunications to food refrigeration and utilities, VN5 is well suited to a wide range of sectors and I am pleased to welcome the Bott Group as an official LEVC conversion partner.  Combined with VN5’s high specification levels, build quality and durability, this collaboration will further enhance the capabilities of VN5 by offering bespoke specialist products to our customers.”

The first conversion type created for LEVC is the Technician/Service Engineer specification. This utilises the bott vario3 modular racking system, a super-lightweight solution made from aluminium and plastics, meaning the system is 15% lighter than the previous generation product. This racking system offers tradesmen and service technicians multiple options for organising the tools of their trade.

The range was launched in Germany during 2020 and will be launched in the UK in 2021.  Until the official launch, the bott vario3 product will be available exclusively to LEVC VN5 customers.

The ergonomic design was created to make best use of the load volume within the VN5, utilising both the rear and side doors to access the storage areas without the need to step into the vehicle. The conversion can be enhanced with a range of options, including roof racks, power systems, hazard and task lighting, and load restraint systems. 

Kevin Woodward, Bott Vehicle Enhancement division, commented: “We are delighted to be partnering with LEVC, offering creative tailored storage solutions for a wide variety of applications. Bringing two innovative products together provides a perfect solution for both customers of LEVC and Bott. We are looking forward to working closely together with LEVC and their approved network, both in the UK and mainland Europe.”

The main vehicle conversion centre for the Bott Group is located in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, around 35 minutes’ drive from the VN5 manufacturing facility.

The centre has dedicated installation halls for the conversion of electric vans with charging points located internally and externally, PDI (pre-delivery inspection) bays and conversion staff trained to IMI levels 1 and 2. VN5 vans can be delivered directly into the centre for conversion before being delivered to an LEVC authorised dealer or to a customer directly.

The streetwise VN5

VN5 is based on the same innovative architecture and proven eCity technology as LEVC’s TX electric taxi. This powertrain delivers a pure electric zero emissions range of over 60 miles (98 km) and the more frugal driver could achieve a 76-mile (122 km) range in pure EV mode, according to WLTP city methodology*.  In addition, VN5 utilises the same strong, lightweight bonded aluminium monocoque & SMC construction – designed to last twice as long as the competition and has a class-leading turning circle of just 10.1m for unrivalled mobility in busy city environments.

With up to 5.5m3 cargo capacity, VN5 easily accommodates two Euro sized pallets (1200mm x 1000mm) and offers a gross payload of up to 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.

VN5 is sold through LEVC’s growing international dealer network, with more than 50 locations in the UK alone by the end of 2020, ensuring that customers are never further than a 45-minute drive time to an authorised LEVC service point. Across Continental Europe, more than 30 sales and service partners are already in place, with a target of adding another 33 by the end of 2021.

About LEVC

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, range extended electric TX taxi and shuttle at its state-of-the-art factory and its new electric van, VN5.

Having already established a new central European sales office in Frankfurt to increase LEVC’s presence across Europe, new markets 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.

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