WEVC and ETRUX will jointly develop the generation of electric light for commercial vehicles, with the first prototype to be discussed at the CV Show in April.
Watt Electric Vehicle Company (WEVC) has announced a partnership with ETRUX, an electric commercial vehicle specialist, that will accelerate the adoption of the next generation of electric light commercial vehicles, with the debut of the first prototype at the CV Show in April. .
Following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two companies, the ETRUX collaboration will see the electric vehicle wheel technology revolutionize the range of technology offerings for the commercial vehicle market. To confirm the intention of the report, ETRUX will show an engineering model, based on WEVC (called eCV1 under development) of the Watt eCV1 3.5t chassis and cab unit, on a stand at the CV Show, with the interior designed.
The CV Show will be the first opportunity to see the working prototype, which will continue with testing and development activities immediately after the event. Designed to produce up to 5,000 vehicles per year, WEVC’s innovative and highly flexible 3.5 million cab-and-chassis unit offers a wide range of electric commercial vehicle designs, facilitating the deployment of special models that meet the individual requirements of the customer class.
Neil Yates, WEVC CEO said: “We are delighted to be working with ETRUX, a company that provides engineering skills, innovative materials and a depth of understanding to bring a wider range of electric commercial vehicles to the market using our eCV1 platform. This is an exciting time for WEVC as we take the first steps to see our platform an electric vehicle suitable for a wide range of applications and uses”.
ETRUX CEO Gerardus Galvinus commented: “The ECV1 Concept is really exciting as it gives us the freedom to create vehicles that meet the needs of our customers more than ever before. With this platform, which is designed to be electric from the ground up, we don’t have to avoid traditional energy faces, especially when electric vans are derived from diesel bodies.
“The WEVC platform really offers benefits with an incredible pay-to-weight ratio, the safety and energy efficiency benefits of a center driving position, and the flexibility of standard and custom vehicle lengths and designs that we can offer. We are happy to have signed the MoU with WEVC and look forward to making this vehicle a great commercial success.”
The WeVC and Commercial Skateboard EV (PACES) architecture is optimized to reduce weight, providing class-leading payload and power consumption to reduce costs.
Developed to help commercial vehicle manufacturers, own vehicle converters and fleet operators transition to an electric future, PEACE is an ISO easy and more restrictive European series that exceeds small type approval safety standards.
Its “cell to chassis” system means that the batteries are integrated into the main structure (rather than individual battery packs), thus optimizing rigidity, minimizing weight and maximizing payload. As a result, the clean sheet design means the eCV1 has no structural, weight and compact compromises inherent in electric LCV designs, many of which have been converted from internal combustion transmissions, and further limited by the traditional high-volume manufacturing process.
The new platform allows for an ergonomic cockpit centered in the middle driving position, which always allows easy curbside exits for the safety of the driver and one, two or three seat configurations. The prototype will demonstrate a representative two-seater layout, although the instrumentation and materials used for engineering development are not representative of the final production specification.
In addition to making it easy to get in and out from either side, the central driving position provides excellent visibility, which further increases the safety of the driver and other road users. Placing the driver in the center of the vehicle also facilitates a smaller frontal area, which with a class-leading curb weight delivers a highly energy-efficient electric electric.
PEACE’s inherent lightweight architecture results in a cab chassis with a curb weight of just 1,750kg, offering class-leading payload and reach in the 3.5t and 4.25t segments.
The eCV1 concept demonstrates many of the key attributes of the final vehicle type, as CEO Neil Yates explains: “This is not some polished model for the CV show, this is an engineered concept that will go straight back to the roads. Launched with difficulty, the development of the miles ends immediately after the event. We are happy to work with our friends at ETRUX to show NEC visitors an idea of what the final vehicle specification will be.”
He added: “We already have a number of respected industry operators who have made appointments to come and consider the concept car, as they can see the attributes and commercial potential that the eCV1 platform brings to our industry.”
ETRUX will be exhibiting the WEVC eCV1 on stand 5D88 at the Birmingham NEC commercial vehicle exhibition from 18-20 April.
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Therefore, WEVC and ETRUX will jointly develop the generation of electric light for commercial vehicles, with the first prototype to be discussed at the CV Show in April.