LEVC gets in lane for e-mobility solutions

Taxi manufacturer LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) is moving into e-mobility solutions with an electric vehicle platform co-developed with Geely Holding Group.


Dubbed Space Oriented Architecture (SOA), the new offering is claimed to be the world’s first EV platform focused on setting new standards for onboard space.

Developed over the past two-and-a-half years at R&D centres in China, Sweden, the UK and Germany, SOA enables multiple seating and load-carrying configurations to support new products including passenger and commercial vehicles.

In a statement, Alex Nan, CEO of LEVC, said: “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…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.”

With a centrally-located battery, SOA is said to deliver a fully flat floor that maximses space for occupants, cargo, or both thanks in part to electric powertrain components being packaged at the front. At the rear, SOA utilises a rear suspension design that incorporates extra carrying capacity underneath the main luggage area, behind the rear axle.

LEVC futher added that SOA supports vehicle sizes from 4,860mm-5995mm in length and 1945mm-1998mm in width, with wheelbases from 3000mm-3800mm, and can also offer front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive layouts. The solution can be configured with batteries from 73kWh to 120kWh, can accommodate ultra-fast charging, and provide a range of up to 695km.

SOA incorporates L-OS, a new electronic architecture from chip to cloud built for future mobility, including an autonomous capability from Level 2 up to Level 4. SOA is also available for partners outside of LEVC and Geely Holding Group to use as the basis for their future products.

Nan said: “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.”