10 May 2023
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WEVC eCV1 3.5T electric van starts real-world testing

The British-designed and built WATT eCV1 prototype 3.5 tonne light commercial vehicle from the Watt Electric Vehicle Company (WEVC) which made its debut at the Commercial Vehicle Show in the UK last month, has started an intensive real-world testing programme.

Designed for production of up to 5,000 vehicles per annum, the innovative and highly flexible vehicle is suitable for a wide range of electric commercial vehicle designs and specialist vehicle converters. With a kerbwight of

WEVC signed a MoU with electric commercial vehicle specialist, ETRUX, earlier this year who has designed and built a body for the WATT eCV1 3.5 tonne cab and chassis unit. The next step is for WEVC’s electric vehicle platform technology to be adapted by ETRUX into a range of offerings for the commercial vehicle market. It could also suit a conversion to a recreational vehicle.

The vehicle uses WEVC’s PACES architecture, a sophisticated and cost-effective modular electric vehicle platform designed to support commercial vehicle manufacturers, specialist vehicle converters and fleet operators in the transition to an electric future. PACES complies with ISO regulations and exceeds stringent European Small Series Type Approval safety standards.

It’s ’cell-to-chassis’ system means batteries are integrated to the primary structure (rather than having a separate battery pack), optimising stiffness, minimising weight, and maximising payload. As a result, the clean sheet design means the eCV1 has none of the structural, weight and packaging compromises inherent in most electric LCV designs, many of which having been converted from ICE drivetrains and which are further constrained by traditional high volume manufacturing processes.

Neil Yates, CEO of WEVC said: “We had an amazing debut of the eCV1 prototype at the CV Show, with media and potential customers alike, clamouring to see our new vehicle. The response was really humbling after thousands of hours of work to get to this stage, but the biggest surprise for people at the show was that the show vehicle is fully functional and that we had driven it onto the stand. Since the NEC debut, we have been out testing the vehicle in the real world to continue developing the vehicle for production.”