THE PAST TWELVE MONTHS HAVE CERTAINLY BEEN CHALLENGING AS THE GLOBAL IMPACT OF COVID CONTINUES INTO 2021. LEVC HAS BEEN CAREFULLY MANAGING ITS BUSINESS PRIORITIES THROUGH THIS UNPREDICTABLE STORM, STAYING FOCUSED TO KEEP NEW PRODUCTS AND ITS EXPORT STRATEGY ON TIME AND ON TRACK.
This has ensured that the solid foundations are now in place for business growth and, with vaccine programmes underway in many key markets and lockdown restrictions easing, our long-term outlook is optimistic.
Launching VN5, our new electric van, in the UK at the end of last year was a major milestone for the company, our first non-taxi product and entry into the wider commercial vehicle sector.So far, we have already won two awards from leading UK media - the ‘Editors Choice’ from What Van? and ‘Best medium EV van’ from Company Car & Van.
The demand for flexible one-tonne zero emission-capable vans is only going in one direction. The global pandemic has brought about systemic change, accelerating the trend in home delivery, home and local services as well as more focus on sustainable products and services.
We are working with several specialist companies to offer high quality, flexible and bespoke VN5 conversions across a number of different sectors including utility, parcel delivery, facilities management, refrigeration and emergency services.
Thanks to our unique eCity range extender technology, we are seeing real interest from the refrigeration sector. VN5 can keep goods cool, operate with zero emissions and also eliminate any range or charging anxiety. It is the perfect solution for companies in the food and medical specialist sectors looking to switch to an electric van while also needing the reliability of a consistent temperature-controlled environment. This is a huge opportunity for us, and we will be sure to capitalise on it.
As a British brand with more than 100 years of history, the UK will always be our important home market.In the last year, we’ve grown our domestic dealer network dramatically and now have over 50 sales and service centres across the UK.Critically, this ensures that no customer is ever further than a 45-minute drive to their nearest LEVC service point.
Our export growth strategy is focused on Europe and we now have over 20 dealer partners in place across the continent and more than 50 will be on board by the end of 2021.We’re increasing our presence in existing markets like Germany and The Netherlands, we will also enter new markets including Switzerland, Poland, Sweden, Norway, Spain and Italy.With this widespread growth, we expect that the combined sales volume from this region will be higher than LEVC’s UK home market from 2022 onwards.
A recent order for ten TXs from the public transport provider in the German city of Essen is a perfect example of the growing demand for greener passenger service infrastructures in cities across Europe.TX’s purpose-built protective interior environment, with total separation between the driver and passenger compartments, is a unique feature which has become even more appealing to European fleet operators because of the Covid-driven demand for safe and hygienic travel options.
We also recently celebrated the handover of the 5,000th TX to a taxi entrepreneur in Berlin. This was a major sales milestone for LEVC and also represents something much bigger – LEVC’s positive contribution to air quality improvements in cities around the word.
We have calculated that TX drivers have now covered a total distance of 188 million miles, which equates to driving roughly 7,500 times around the world. This means that TX has prevented more than 57,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, stopped 35 million litres of fuel from being pumped and saved drivers around £34m in fuel costs.
LEVC can offer the perfect e-mobility products to provide transport infrastructures and commercial vehicle operators with more sustainable services and, with VN5 now launching in markets across Europe, I am confident that this will be a year of growth and opportunity for our business.
Here’s to a more “normal” and successful 2021.
Joerg HofmannCEO, LEVC