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LEVC VN5 Electric Van Review

November 24th, 2022

At the very forefront of the electric van revolution, the LEVC VN5 is a fantastic option for those looking to combat the harmful effects of fossil fuel-reliant diesel and petrol vehicles. Equipped with all the features you would expect from a road-ready tradesperson van, our expectations were quickly surpassed by the wide array of convenient add-ons, plentiful tech options and minor details which really make a difference.

As the first vehicle that LEVC has built which isn’t a taxi, one would perhaps expect flaws and the absence of van essentials, but the manufacturers have clearly done their homework on this one. The impressive VN5 offers all the benefits of an electric commercial vehicle – and none of the downsides, with storage space in the cab and rear compartment, bulky design and multiple user-centric features. Drivers can comply with even the strictest clean air zones when they select this comprehensive debut offering – which we’re pleased to feature in the Van Sales UK online catalogue.

With three generous variants available, buyers can tailor the VN5 to meet the needs of their business, be it a local ‘man with a van’ service, or comprehensive fleet hire. Option packs ensure different features can be selected as appropriate upon the initial purchase, while each vehicle will come ready with three distinct drive modes for added efficiency. Though the price may be high for some, so is the value – so embrace the fantastic handling, eco-friendly additions and luxury tech as you dive into this review of the LEVC VN5.

Whether a used or brand new model is acquired, For an electric van design worth considering into 2023, you could do a lot worse than this intriguing prospect.

Engine and Spec

As you would anticipate, this electric van does not have an engine in the conventional sense, though a Volvo-sourced 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine within can act as a generator when required. Infinitely more affordable to power than a traditional petrol or diesel vehicle, a fully charged vehicle is likely to cost less than £5, giving drivers a real incentive to make the electric switch today. The trusty VN5 can perfectly handle long-distance journeys which were previously viewed as out of bounds for an electric van, making it perfect for those who travel longer distances, and require a cheaper option than pumping their car with harmful fossil fuels.

Getting into the figures, a wheelbase of 3386mm is complemented by the wide-opening side door stretching to 1,128mm. Not only will this provide more than enough room to load materials and sturdy objects, but the large back doors are equally useful, lock open at 90 or 180 degree angles at your convenience. The 110kW electric motor is equivalent to 150hp, balanced out by a comfortable driving experience, with enough road-ready power to traverse city streets, country roads and everything in between.

Interior

Interior features are a big pull when considering the modern van, and with everything from sound systems, space considerations and covert storage spaces to attend to, there are all manner of LEVC VN5 packages liable to catch the eye. The manufacturer has promised to include the latest active safety systems in-cab and exterior-focused, to ensure protection for all occupants of the vehicle, as well as other road users. This includes in-built motion sensors, parking assistance and secure driver/passenger cab placement. The wheel is grippy and  you can expect fantastic handling for the size of van, allowing you to navigate tight bends and tough terrain with relative ease. Though the sensors and road safety essentials are included as standard, and fully-adjustable driver and passenger seating is a great option, assorted touches such as the heated windscreen and especially large 9 inch touchscreen fail to cancel out the fact that the cab is perhaps smaller than hoped.

Storage & Payload

A 830kg gross payload capacity places this LEVC model near the bottom of the pile for maximum carry, though not too shabby when compared to other electric vans of a similar size. Regarding design and ease-of-use, the cargo compartment is spacious and well-shaped, making it easily accessible and easy to convert if required. Not simply limited to the dedicated rear storage space, convenient in-cab storage includes that which can be found below driver and passenger seats. Alternate side loading and rear loading options for varied cargo types make for a fantastic option in 2023, especially if you find yourself completing varied loading tasks on a daily basis as part of your job. Cleverly designed rear compartment and adjustable roof bar storage completes the package!

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Clean Air Zone compatible
  • Overall comfy drive
  • Tech features include a large interactive screen

Cons

  • Payload capacity could be more competitive
  • Cab could be roomier
  • Overall design may not be desirable to some

The Verdict

Overall impressive and no-doubt unique in design and delivery, for those in need of a road-ready electric van which adapts to workplace tasks, the innovative LEVC VN5 Van costs little to maintain. Having exceeded expectations with the fantastic and user-considerate design, we’re excited to see what the team can come up with next – but for now, why not take a look at some more details on this highly-recommended luxury vehicle?

Choose an emerging electric van brand which is on the way up when you choose LEVC. Supplying electric vans for personal and professional use, at Van Sales UK we are constantly updating our online catalogue. To discover what our vehicles have to offer, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re here to answer any questions you may have! Call us now on 0117 428 7721 or send an email to sales@vansalesuk.co.uk.

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