If you’ve been following the ups and downs of the automotive industry recently then you’ll be acutely aware the future is electric.
The sector globally is in the midst of its most seismic shift in its history as everyone makes the move from internal combustion engines to batteries and electric motors.
Coventry car maker Jaguar Land Rover has made its plans clear and Jaguar will pave the way for the switch by becoming an all-electric brand from 2025.
Another electric vehicle make on the edge of Coventry is also some way down this road, namely LEVC, or the London Electric Vehicle Company.
LEVC makes the iconic London taxi, which sometime back ditched diesel power to go electric.
The company also switched production from its Holyhead Road factory to a state-of-the-art new facility at Ansty Park.
Electric TX taxis have been rolling off the production lines there for some time and last year the factory started producing a second vehicle – the VN5 electric van.
The VN5 shares much in common with the TX, utilising the same platform and there is a distinct family resemblance.
Arguably electric vans are going to be even bigger than electric cars in the short to mid-term.
One only has to consider just how much we now rely on van deliveries, as well as the emergence of congestion zones in UK cities which penalise more polluting petrol and diesel-powered vehicles financially.
So, is the VN5 the future – and in particular the future of the white van man?
We took up the offer to try one out for a week, courtesy of Guest Taxi & Van based in Birmingham, who sell both the TX taxi and VN5 van made by LEVC.
Read more: CoventryLive