Inter Vehicle Group has been made LEVC’s first full sales and aftersales dealer in Wales.
The Cardiff dealership will supply the region with the London Electric Vehicle Company’s TX electric taxis and new electric van – the VN5.
LEVC chief executive Joerg Hofmann said: ‘We are pleased to welcome Inter Vehicle Group to our growing network of dealers in the UK and Europe.
‘IVG will introduce the portfolio of LEVC electric vehicle products to Wales for the first time, responding to the growing demand from local authorities and businesses looking to switch to greener mobility operations.’
Fifteen jobs in facilities operations have been created by Inter Vehicle Group, which will also be taking on a new 27,000 sq ft commercial space in Cardiff Bay.
This will be used for the business’s growing Inter Hire element, with the existing Penarth Road base converted into an LEVC hub.
Jarrad Morris, group managing director of Inter Vehicle Group, said: ‘Our aim is to be pioneers in Wales within the EV sector and to lead the way on what is possible.
‘Our agreement with LEVC is designed to ensure the taxi industry, businesses and local authorities in Wales have the latest electric vehicles available to them as an option.
‘It is a clear signal of how we as a company are responding to last year’s Welsh government climate emergency declaration.’
He added: ‘The LEVC franchise on Penarth Road will be a centre of excellence and offer the taxi trade in particular a chance to get ahead of the curve in regard to transitioning to a leading, green, sustainable vehicle option.
‘This is particularly important as the Welsh government and local authorities across Wales begin to support the taxi industry in moving away from traditional diesel-based vehicles.’
Production of the VN5 will start in November at LEVC’s factory in Ansty, Coventry.
Pictured are LEVC commercial director Leighton King, left, and Inter Vehicle Group managing director Jarrad Morris