LEVC has unveiled its new L380 large multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), a move which will see the taxi manufacturer enter an entirely new sector.
The L380 is the first model that will be underpinned by Geely Holding Group’s Space Oriented Architecture (SOA) EV platform, offering advances in range, efficiency, safety, charging time, durability, and connectivity.
It is designed with six or eight-seat layout options.
Initially launched in China in 2024, L380 will become available in additional markets too, with more details – including technical specifications – to follow next year.
LEVC’s history began in 1908 when the first dedicated black cab was specially designed and commissioned for use in London.
The company manufactures its purpose-built, range-extended electric TX taxi at a factory in Ansty, Coventry.
Since 2014, Geely has invested more than £500m into LEVC, allowing it to build an entirely new eco-friendly manufacturing facility, the UK’s first dedicated to the production of electric vehicles.
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.
“The first of a new range of models, it is inspired by our rich history, combined with the resources of the Geely organisation, setting us on an exciting new path, bringing advanced zero-emission transportation to more customers than ever before.”