London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) has strengthened its dealer presence in the Midlands with the appointment of Guest Truck and Van as its Midlands sales and servicing partner.

Guest Truck and Van and its sister company, Sherwood Truck and Van, will represent LEVC in Birmingham, Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent, Sheffield and Leicester, which will significantly bolster LEVC’s reach in the Midlands.

The dealer group will provide full sales and after sales support for LEVC’s TX electric taxi and the new VN5 electric van which began rolling off LECV’s Coventry production line this month.

This latest deal brings LEVC’s sales and service locations in the UK to around 50. The company aims to ensure customers are within a 45 minutes of an authorised LEVC service point.

Joerg Hofmann, chief executive of LEVC, said: “I am pleased to welcome Guest Truck and Van to LEVC as we grow our network to support our expanding product portfolio.

“This strategic partnership will enhance our dealer operations in the Midlands and their experience and expertise in the commercial vehicle sector will be a great asset to our business and customers.”

Robert Spittle (pictured), MD at Guest Truck and Van, said: “Entering a partnership with a world-leading manufacturer of electric taxis as they prepare to launch an exciting new product on the commercial vehicle market is a truly exciting prospect for us.

“Our expertise and experience will allow us to ensure that LEVC customers in our areas have access to the best possible support nearby, while those invested in switching to cleaner technologies in vans, or taxi drivers looking to switch to the TX, can have informed conversations with a reputable dealer. This partnership represents another step forward for us, as the industry moves towards a greener future.”

Coventry-based LEVC has manufactured the official London black cab for over 100 years. In 2018 it reinvented the black cab as an electric zero emissions capable TX. Since launch, more than 4,500 units have sold worldwide, cutting 36,000 tonnes of CO2 and saving 21 million litres of fuel from use.

VN5is based on the same architecture and proven eCity technology as LEVC’s TX electric taxi. It has a pure EV range of over 60 miles and a total flexible range of over 300 miles.

It comes with a 5.5m3 cargo capacity, a gross payload of up to 830kg, a large side-loading door and a 60/40 split door at the rear to make loading and unloading easy for the driver.

VN5 is now available to order in the UK with the first customer deliveries before the end of the year.