British-Chinese LEVC L380 electric minivan in pre-production

London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC), a subsidiary of the Chinese Geely Group, has started prototype production of its second model, the L380. This sizeable electric minivan has a brand-new architecture designed for optimal space usage and a large battery capacity. The model will go on sale in China in 2024, with other markets following later.

LEVC is known for its modern range-extended electric interpretation of the London taxi, which it sells as a passenger version (TX) and commercial vehicle (VN5). The company previewed its new Space Oriented Architecture (SOA) in May 2023, based on Geely’s Scaleable Electric Architecture (SEA), but optimized for maximum space efficiency.

Four rows of seating

Now, the first production model on this SOA platform is nearing production. The LEVC L380 borrows its name from the Airbus A380, hinting at the massive interior space. The electric minivan is 5,14 meters long, 2 meters wide, and 1,94 meters high, with a 3,19-meter wheelbase.

That creates space for up to 8 passengers over four rows of seating. The last two seats are foldable and can be hidden away for more cargo space, while the first three rows are mounted on rails for maximum flexibility. The weight of this massive people carrier is also predictably high: 2 805 kg.

The prototype of the LEVC L380 has rolled off the assembly line in Yiwu, China, with a market launch following later in 2024 /LEVC

Up to 120 kWh

In terms of powertrains, only a single 200 kW (272 hp) electric motor will be available, although customers can choose between 73 kWh, 102 kWh, or 120 kWh battery packs for a range of up to 600 km with the most giant pack. Fast charging should take around 30 minutes for a 10-80% top-up.

More technical details should follow as the L380 approaches its market launch, which is scheduled for later this year in China. It is also set to arrive in the UK by 2026, although a launch in mainland Europe has not yet been confirmed. In its home market, it will face stiff competition from the Zeekr 009, Volvo EM90, Maxus Mifa 9, Denza D9, Li Mega, and Xpeng X9s.

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