EAV targets van replacement with 2Cubed commercial EV

Electric Assisted Vehicles has launched a new commercial EV under the 2Cubed eCargo banner.

Coming to market lined up with new EU eCargo regulations, the Revonte-driven build is designed to offer a functional, low cost vehicle to city-based logistics, food and drink delivery, facilities maintenance, utilities businesses and even tradesmen.

“EAV is an advanced micro-mobility design, engineering and vehicle manufacturing company solving a major and highly complex transport, business efficiency and social problem within urban environments using simplicity and light weight.” commented Adam Barmby, CEO and founder of EAV. “The advent of electric bike technology has meant we can now use a bio-mechanical electric hybrid vehicle, like the EAV 2Cubed, to replace most vans and even cars in urban environments without any loss in business operational efficiency or discomfort to the operator or driver.”

The new vehicle incorporates a completely separate chassis-cab unit allowing multiple options for the rear of the vehicle and will now become the backbone of EAV’s future production.

Fitted to the rear of the new EAV unit is the new 2Cubed fixed box which offers a full two cubic metres of load volume with a fully adaptable internal shelving system. The development of the 2Cubed is in direct response to the significant increase in consumer deliveries over the past six months.

The Oxfordshire business originally came to market with its EAVan P1, which has come to be seen as one of the commercial EV market’s more efficient and safe options. It was picked up by logistics firm DPD who are operating a small fleet in Ireland, Spain, Germany, Portugal and France.

Described by the company as having been ‘engineered down from a van rather than up from a bicycle’, the EAV 2Cubed now takes the increased efficiency and environmental benefits of zero emissions and lightweight commercial EV architecture to the next level allowing and encouraging national and regional legislation to advance the ongoing reduction of the use of vans and goods vehicle traffic in towns and cities.

“EAV is an advanced micro-mobility design, engineering and vehicle manufacturing company solving a major and highly complex transport, business efficiency and social problem within urban environments using simplicity and light weight,” commented Adam Barmby, CEO and founder of EAV. “The advent of electric bike technology has meant we can now use a bio-mechanical electric hybrid vehicle, like the EAV 2Cubed, to replace most vans and even cars in urban environments without any loss in business operational efficiency or discomfort to the operator or driver.”

The 2Cubed is EAV’s next step forward in its ‘eavolution’ business development plan combining the chassis-cab EAV unit with a 2m³ fixed rear box capable of carrying 20% of the capacity of a diesel engine Ford Transit.

For direct comparison, Transport for London research has confirmed that 40% of vans, such as the ubiquitous Transit, only use on average 25% of their capacity, making the new EAV 2Cubed a real alternative and solution to a significant proportion of London commercial van traffic.

The maximum payload of the 2Cubed is currently 150kgs (plus rider) but a new wheel and tyre package will shortly be announced significantly increasing weight carrying capacity.

The 2Cubed commercial EV  is now in production in Upper Heyford, near Oxford. Several blue-chip customers are said to have placed orders already, while international distribution agreements are under discussion as trials progress in Europe and North America.

The Specs:
Length: 2.740m
Width: 1.040m
Height: 1.950m
Dry Weight: 95kgs (chassis only) 125kg (whole vehicle)
Max Rider: 100kgs
Max Payload: 150kgs
Max Gross Weight: 380kgs
Turning Circle: 4.6m
Assisted Speed: 15.5mph (25kmh)
Range: 18 – 60 miles at full assistance, constant top speed (battery size dependant)
2Cubed Volume: 2m³ 1300mm deep x 1000mm wide x 1300mm heightWarranty: 12 months full warranty on electrical system, battery and motor. 24 months on chassis, mechanicals and bodywork.

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