Electric Assisted Vehicles (EAV) has launched a new single platform eCargo model, the EAVcab. The EAVcab is a chassis cab development from EAVan Ultra lightweight Commercial Vehicle (ULCV) that can now be supplied to the customer with just the chassis structure and the front cab. This provides a highly versatile vehicle capable of having multiple body conversions fitted to the rear chassis.
There are two ladder structure chassis variants, the medium and the long wheelbase. Weight capability remains the same as the EAVan at 120kg payload plus 100kg for the rider. A heavy-duty version will be available by the summer of 2020 for loads up to 350kg with increased braking and power regeneration capability harnessing the kinetic energy of the entire vehicle. All EAVcabs are limited to a standard EU 15mph (25km/h) speed limit and are fitted with EAV’s unique ‘e-nertia’ switch for pre-pedal hill starts and pull-aways up to 3.7mph (6km/h).
“We’ve looked closely at what’s happening to commercial vehicle transport right now in towns and cities all over the world,” commented Adam Barmby, founder and technical director of EAV. “The clear political and public interest direction is to reduce or remove cars and vans from urban environments which are currently the most affected by air and particulate pollution. We looked at how light commercial vehicles are built and utilized and how EAV could replace as many of them as possible providing a cleaner, quieter and less congested environment with minimal damage to city infrastructure and without any change in efficiency. In fact, we believe efficiency will significantly improve.”
The EAVcab is a purpose-built, zero-emission, environmentally focused quadracycle which measures is 2m long (in short wheelbase form) and 1m wide; weighs 120kg; and can carry a 120kg payload. The EAVcab can cover a range of up to 60 miles in a day and then be recharged using a normal 13A, 240V plug socket. Batteries can also be swapped to keep the EAVcab in constant use but are fully re-charged in under six hours.