Vehicle Engineering

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The LCV (Light Commercial Vehicle) is a new range-extended electric vehicle (REEV) derived from the LEVC TX London Taxi.

The brief was to use the technical specification and platform developed by Emerald for the TX to create an all new vehicle to be built along side the TX at LEVC’s brand new production facility in Ansty, Coventry, UK.

Utilising the maximum number of carryover components from the TX and working with a small investment budget, the requirement was to design a credible light commercial vehicle suitable for UK and European markets operating in the sub 3.5T sector.

Vehicle Design  

The design brief was to create a distinctive and modern exterior design that captures the design language of LEVC TX whilst meeting the desired technical requirements. An all new interior design was developed focussed on a credible package for both driver and passenger – a significant deviation from the interior of the TX.

Body Structure

The lightweight aluminium bonded structure of the TX was modified to create a new flat floor, extended wheelbase and a new roof structure.

Exterior

A brand-new exterior was created utilising lightweight SMC panels. Loading access was optimised at the side and rear allowing loading of full-size euro pallets through new sliding side doors and 60 /40 opening rear doors.

Interior

The new interior design necessitated the creation of a new instrument panel incorporating state of art safety systems. Ergonomics were optimised to suit the requirements of both driver and passenger.

Powertrain, Chassis and Electrical

Chassis systems were modified to suit the extended wheelbase, ride height and load distribution. Powertrain systems were relocated within the new body structure and Electrical systems were created and modified aligned to the new vehicle geometry and feature requirements.

Test & Development

A fleet of mule, application prototypes and verification prototypes were created to confirm and verify the concept and to confirm homologation requirements. Further, advanced CAE techniques were used to confirm the design prior to build prototypes at each stage.

Programme Management

The whole programme was managed from requirements capture to production by a team of programme management professionals with backgrounds in both high volume and niche vehicle delivery.