Electric vehicle charging infrastructure provider, bp pulse, is also moving its fleet of vehicles to electric with LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) supplying 30 VN5 electric vans to support the business.
The VN5 electric vans are being used by bp pulse’s electricians when installing EV charging points across the country and will also help field service engineers maintain bp pulse’s UK-wide network of more than 8,000 public charging points. LEVC’s VN5 is ideally suited to the demands of the workplace thanks to its flexible, tried and tested eCity powertrain that already features in LEVC’s TX electric taxis around the globe.
VN5 is based on the same architecture and eCity range-extender technology as LEVC’s TX electric taxi and can achieve a pure EV range of over 60 miles (98 km) and a total flexible range of 304 miles (489 km). The more frugal driver can achieve a 76-mile pure EV city range, according to WLTP city methodology.
Designed, engineered and built at LEVC’s electric vehicle factory in Ansty, Coventry, VN5 utilizes the same lightweight bonded aluminum monocoque and SMC construction as the TX taxi – a first in the sector for the 1-tonne van segment.
With up to 5.5m3 capacity, VN5 cargo capacity accommodates two Euro sized pallets 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.
The introduction of the LEVC VN5 to the bp pulse vehicle fleet is the first step in the company’s strategy to electrify its commercial vehicles and means that half of its fleet has now transitioned to electric.
Joerg Hofmann, CEO of LEVC, commented: “I am pleased to announce bp pulse as one of our first fleet customers in the UK. VN5 is the ideal solution for businesses looking to electrify their fleet and transition to greener mobility, offering zero-emission capability with minimal downtime and no range anxiety.”
Ross Mabon, COO of bp pulse, said: “As a leading provider of EV charging infrastructure, we have placed great importance on ensuring that we electrify our commercial fleet with vehicles that meet our business needs while delivering significant zero emissions capability. The LEVC VN5 is in the right segment for us and will ensure that our electricians can carry out their work reliably and efficiently.”