Taxi maker LEVC has started production of its L380 Multi-Purpose Vehicle, the first in what it says will be a new range of fully electric models.
LEVC is owned by Geely, the same company which controls Volvo, Polestar, Lotus and Zeekr. This has given it huge resources to expand beyond the traditional taxi business with a new EV platform – Space Oriented Architecture (SOA), which includes a flat floor to maximise passenger space.
The first L380 prototype rolled off the assembly line in Yiwu, China, where LEVC China’s manufacturing operations will be based. The current taxi and van models are built in Coventry.
The L380 will initially launch in China, with the MPV set to arrive in the UK within the next two years. There is no word yet on the details of the cars we will see in the UK.
Alex Nan, CEO of LEVC said: “LEVC’s strategy is to become a leading zero-carbon mobility technology company and our new direction will see us grow beyond manufacturing the world’s most advanced taxi, the TX, and deliver smart, green, safe, and accessible mobility solutions to all. Building on our unrivalled heritage in producing the iconic London black cab, we have adapted our business to meet the rapidly accelerating demand for spacious, flexible electric vehicles.”