LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) has launched its innovative new pure electric vehicle technology that will provide the foundation of its transformation from a high-end taxi manufacturer, to a leading provider of e-mobility solutions.
LEVC has been focused on meeting the needs of society by transporting people around urban areas, in purpose-built vehicles.
LEVC’s new strategy will deliver smart, green, safe and accessible mobility for all, through a new range of electric vehicles, under its vision – “a sustainable mobility future, for a better world”.
Underlining this commitment, LEVC today unveils the foundation for a range of next-generation new products, its new EV platform – Space Oriented Architecture (SOA). Co-developed with Geely Holding Group, SOA is modular and scalable.
Developed over the past 2.5 years at R&D centres in China, Sweden, the UK and Germany, SOA’s flexibility maximises interior space, offering multiple seating and load-carrying configurations. It can support a wide range of new products from passenger carrying models, to commercial vehicles, offering significant advances in range, efficiency, safety, charging time, durability and connectivity.
With a centrally-located battery, SOA delivers a fully flat floor, maximising space for occupants, cargo, or both. To this truly flat floor, SOA optimises the packaging of electric powertrain components at the front, freeing up additional space for the driver and passenger.
At the rear, SOA utilises an innovative rear suspension design that incorporates extra carrying capacity underneath the main luggage area, behind the rear axle.
SOA also offers multiple seating configurations. The platform maximises interior space to such an extent that an extra row of seats can fit into the vehicle, compared to other vehicles in the same class. Multiple configurations are then enabled by a fully flexible seat arrangement, with a sliding track that runs from the front to the rear of the architecture.
Supporting vehicle sizes from 4,860mm-5995mm in length and 1945mm-1998mm in width, with wheelbases from 3000mm-3800mm, SOA is configurable for a wide range of EVs, from spacious passenger-carrying models to cargo-optimised commercial applications. SOA can also offer front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive layouts too.
SOA not only maximises passenger space, but its optimisation of front end packaging also delivers high performance crash structure and energy absorption.
SOA incorporates the very latest in standard-setting digital platform technology: L-OS. A new electronic architecture from chip to cloud, L-OS has been exclusively built for the future mobility space.
Alex Nan, CEO of LEVC said, “LEVC enters the most exciting chapter in its history with the unveiling of our new innovative and highly flexible, space-focused, pure electric vehicle platform technology: Space Oriented Architecture.
“SOA optimises onboard space offering multiple configurations and endless possibilities, a new advanced EV platform which supports LEVC’s new strategy to become a leading zero-carbon mobility provider. Combined with our groundbreaking L-OS digital architecture, it will bring our new mission to life, delivering smart, green, safe and accessible mobility to all, enabling us to transform from a high-end taxi manufacturer, launching LEVC into new sectors, with an extended range of state-of-the-art pure electric vehicles.
“For LEVC, the concept of ‘mobility’ is not new. We have more than a century of ‘mobility’ in our DNA. The iconic vehicles this company has produced since 1908 may have changed over time, but the core principles have not: they have always been purpose-built for the city, focused on the best occupant experience. A spacious experience.
“Building on LEVC’s unrivalled heritage in producing the iconic London black cab, we are adapting our business to meet the rapidly accelerating demand for spacious, flexible electric vehicles. Our rich history is combined with the resources of the Geely organisation to set our brand on an exciting new path, as LEVC today launches an adaptable architecture for an adapting world. With the combined strength of our new strategy and SOA, we will bring advanced zero-emission transportation to more customers than ever before.”