The new extended-range electric taxi model being made by the London Electric Vehicle Company will be exported to various parties in Norway beginning in 2018, the company has revealed.
These exports will follow on the earlier agreement for the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) to supply the electric taxis to an elderly-and-disabled-persons transportation service in Amsterdam (Netherlands). That deployment in the Netherlands will see 225 of the plug-in electric and iconic black cabs put into service, initially at least.
As a reminder here, the Geely-owned firm LEVC is currently working to increase production figures, with the plan being for around 5,000 or so of the electric taxis to be sold internationally by 2020. In this case, “internationally” refers to sales outside of the UK — despite the fact that the company is actually now owned by a China-based investment unit.
Reuters provides more: “LEVC is boosting its volumes as part of a plan which will see it sell roughly half of around 10,000 vehicles abroad by the turn of the decade, including a new van. It opened a new factory in central England in March, as part of a turnaround for the company which was saved from bankruptcy nearly 5 years ago by Geely.
“Norway has the world’s highest rate of battery-vehicle ownership, thanks to generous tax breaks, with taxi firms seeking to electrify their fleets. The Oslo-based firm Autoindustri will begin receiving deliveries of the model in the first quarter of 2018, LEVC said on Thursday.”
“There are huge opportunities ahead for the business in Norway and we are looking forward to working with Autoindustri to make them a reality,” commented LEVC CEO Chris Gubbey.
Saying that there are huge opportunities for plug-in electric sellers in Norway is actually probably a bit of an understatement — based on the refusal of many major auto manufacturers to releases competitive models suited towards use as taxis, LEVC potentially has the market to itself for the next few years.