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Speedy trials electric taxi for tool and plant deliveries

21 September 2020

Tool and plant hire business Speedy is trialling a prototype electric taxi that has been converted into a van, ahead of the launch of a fully electric commercial van later this year.

The trial with the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) sees Speedy using a prototype of the TX electric taxi with a full interior van conversion. The TX is similar to LECV’s VN5 van, which will be unveiled in the fourth quarter of this year.

The VN5 is based on the same architecture as LEVC’s TX electric taxi and gives a pure EV range of 61 miles (93 km) and a total flexible range of over 300 miles (484 km). The VN5 is equipped with a turning circle of just 10.1m for mobility in busy city environments.

VN5’s cargo capacity accommodates two Euro sized pallets with a gross payload of over 800kg. 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.

Joerg Hofmann, LEVC CEO, said: “We are pleased to be joining forces with Speedy, adding another high-profile name to our growing roster of VN5 trial partners. Its business is based on delivering tools and equipment to construction and infrastructure sites, often in and around large cities: the kind of working day our new flexible, zero-emission capable one-tonne van was built for. We are looking forward to developing our relationship with Speedy over the coming months.”

Aaron Powell, Head of Fleet at Speedy, said: “The construction sector accounts for 10% of the UK’s carbon emissions and we recognise that the hire industry is uniquely placed to introduce innovative, sustainable solutions that can reduce this. This new electric van will set a new standard for small electric commercial vehicles, LEVC’s powertrain technology has already saved 36,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere through its use in the taxi and shuttle market.”