Liberty Electric Car produces delivery van concept

Liberty Electric Car produces delivery van concept

Green Automotive Co. subsidiary hoping to expand electric commercial market.

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Riverside, California – Green Automotive Co.’s European subsidiary, Liberty Electric Cars, has completed the build of the first fully functioning example of DELIVER, an electric delivery vehicle funded by the European Commissions’ seventh Framework Programme which brings together ten partner companies from across Europe.

DELIVER will have its world Premiere at FISITA World Automotive Congress, which starts on June 2, 2014 in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

The DELIVER project started in November 2011 with the goal to reduce the environmental impact in urban areas by 40% and thus design and construct an electric light commercial vehicle which combines the needs of inner city traffic with the advantages of electric vehicles.

The result is a light weight commercial vehicle of 2,200kg and a payload of 700kg, with 18% more capacity when compared with vans of a similar wheelbase. The concept uses a fully electric drivetrain featuring in-wheel motors with two-speed transmission and 80 prismatic Li-NMC cells in its battery pack to increase energy efficiency and total range.

The ability for the driver to easily exit the vehicle on the curb side not only minimizes walking distances around the vehicle, but improves driver safety. The walk-in door concept reduces potential obstacles caused by the door sills.

With a minimum range of 100km and a top speed of 100km/h, DELIVER represents an attractive proposition for light commercial vehicles with urban and intra urban applications such as postal, parcel, supermarket, and city council service operations.

The project, which is co-funded by the European Commission as part of the European Green Vehicles Initiative, is coordinated by Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika) of RWTH Aachen University and gathers ten partners from across Europe, including major OEMs, research partners and cities’ representatives.

The consortium comprises Fiat, Volkswagen, Liberty Electric Cars, Michelin, Polis Network, SP – Technical Research Institute of Sweden, HPL Prototypes, CADEM, and Mobit.

Source: Green Automotive Co.