Wraps come off EAV’s Last Mile LCV

Electric Assisted Vehicles Limited (EAV) has unveiled its vision of last-mile urban delivery vehicles in the shape of its e-Cargo 2Cubed and RoRo models.

These BEV light commercial vehicles employ in-hub electric motors will power a lightweight skateboard platform. The LINCS platform will contain enclosed lithium-ion batteries and become the basis of the modular vehicle.

Their battery pack claims a range of up to 100 miles between charges within an urban or intra-urban environment. The driver’s cab is located either on the left or right hand side of the platform, depending on the market, and is equipped with driving controls and in-cab systems. The platform has been designed and for future fully autonomous operations which will be developed in conjunction with EAV’s leading technology partners. Uniquely, the vehicles also feature a ‘Road train’ capability where, on inter-urban or urban deployments, multiple units can be linked together into a single autonomous vehicle.

Adam Barmby, CEO and founder of EAV, said: “We wanted to produce a multipurpose light commercial vehicle as a logistics platform to transform the way we move people and goods around our urban environment. LINCS, in its logistics role, acts as a fully dynamic ‘hub-and-spoke’ mobile depot vehicle, delivering EAVRoRo boxes to EAV eCargo fleets in various different dynamic optimized locations such as forecourts or car parks. This significantly reduces stem distances and increases operational efficiency within the last mile. LINCS will also be able to operate as a simple covered urban van or open pick-up or drop side. The uniqueness of the design and engineering is in its versatility, packaging, light weight, strength and in the understanding of current and future urban cargo operations which we’ve already been successfully developing with our current EAV models.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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