Article By John Redfern

New fleet of LEVC vans join BP Pulse charging network

A partnership between LEVC and BP Pulse will see 30 VN5 hybrid vans deployed to help install new charging devices.

The BP Pulse electric vehicle charging network has taken delivery of a fleet of LEVC VN5 vans.

The 30 vans will be used by BP Pulse’s electricians throughout the country – including to install and maintain EV charging devices.

The VN5s will become the first electrified vehicles on the BP Pulse fleet, with the company planning further electrification in future.

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Underneath, the VN5 van has the same electric architecture as the LEVC TX taxi. This means a 110kW electric motor, combined with a 31kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

A 1.5-litre petrol engine is also fitted, used solely as a range-extender to recharge the batteries.

Operating solely on electric power, the VN5 can cover up to 60 miles. Making use of the range-extender engine sees total driving distance pushed to 304 miles.

The VN5 is capable of carrying a payload of up to 830kg, and can accept a Euro pallet loaded through the side or rear doors. Each of the vans used by BP Pulse will have bespoke racking fitted.

LEVC VN5 customers currently receive free charging from the BP Pulse network for one year. This includes access to more than 8,000 charging devices – a number that will expand thanks to the new vans.

Ross Mabon, COO of BP Pulse, said: “As a leading provider of EV charging infrastructure, we have placed great importance on ensuring that we electrify our commercial fleet with vehicles that meet our business needs while delivering significant zero emissions capability. The LEVC VN5 is in the right segment for us and will ensure that our electricians can carry out their work reliably and efficiently.”

Joerg Hofmann, CEO of LEVC, added: “I am pleased to announce BP Pulse as one of our first fleet customers in the UK. VN5 is the ideal solution for businesses looking to electrify their fleet and transition to greener mobility, offering zero-emission capability with minimal downtime and no range-anxiety.”

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