LEVC VN5 Under the Bonnet: eCity Technology

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Since 2017 the LEVC TX electric taxi with eCity technology has helped transform cities around the world, reducing CO2 emissions while delivering true commercial value for its operators. Now, the company is harnessing the driving force behind that success for the Commercial Vehicle sector.

OVER 480km MILE TOTAL RANGE – 100km MILE PURE ELECTRIC RANGE*

Powered by proven eCity technology, VN5 can complete the working day with minimal interruption. When other electric vehicles need to recharge, VN5 gives you operational performance, efficiency, and the confidence to keep working with no range anxiety. The fully electric powertrain and back-up range extender combine perfectly to offer new levels of operational flexibility and freedom.

eCITY TECHNOLOGY

VN5 is always driven by an electric motor, positioned over the rear axles, and powered by the 31kW lithium-ion battery. When selected the range extender will trickle-charge the battery. This combination means VN5 can deliver zero tailpipe emissions, and efficient long-distance driving, depending on the drive mode selected.

THREE DRIVE MODES MAXIMISE USABILITY & EFFICIENCY

Three drive modes have been designed for optimal usability, letting you adapt VN5 in line with your working needs. As an example, a driver could start the day at an out-of-town depot with a fully charged battery, and commute into the city on Save mode, preserving the full electric range for use in the urban environment.

Upon entering the emission-controlled city centre, the driver can switch to Pure EV mode. With 100km of silent running and zero tailpipe emissions, the driver can operate freely without incurring emission charges. Coupled with the two-stage regenerative braking system, Pure EV mode is perfectly suited to the stop-and-start traffic in city environments.

When city operations have been completed, if the battery is depleted and the driver prefers not to stop and recharge on-street, they have the freedom to switch, back to Save mode, use the range-extender to continue working, and complete the commute back to the depot.