Oxfordshire-based e-mobility firm, Electric Assisted Vehicles Limited, has unveiled a new lightweight electric van designed for urban environments.
The company’s LINCS model, a modular multipurpose lightweight vehicle designed to provide urban light commercial van capability, has been designed from the ground-up in association with Saietta Group,
Saietta will use its in-hub electric motors to power a lightweight skateboard platform developed by EAV. The LINCS platform will also contain enclosed Li-ion batteries and become the basis of the new modular vehicle.
LINCS is built on an aluminium skateboard chassis platform utilising two linked in-hub motors from Saietta Group. The chassis itself contains EAV’s standard removable interchangeable Li-ion battery pack providing a range of up to 100 miles within an urban or intra-urban environment.
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.
“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.”
The LINCS platform has all recyclable composite bodywork matching the current materials used on the EAV2Cubed and forthcoming EAVRoRo and EAVGo! vehicles. EAV is currently looking at using this material for the chassis platform in conjunction with fully recyclable aluminium to ensure a complete vehicle life resource management programme.
Nigel Gordon-Stewart, executive chairman at EAV, said: “EAV is much more than an eCargo bike company. We’re a transport technology solutions business. We developed and launched the EAV2Cubed and its predecessor the EAVan as the foundation of a complete urban Future Transport vision conceived from a blank sheet of paper. In a new, environment and resource conservation-focused world, legacy automotive design and engineering solutions simply don’t work. They’re too heavy, too big and, from a resource and environmental point of view, are just wasteful.
“LINCS is the next step in our programme which sees a complete replacement of legacy urban road transport with new, sustainable, zero-emissions, environmentally-friendly, safe – but extremely efficient – solutions for cargo and passengers.”
Barmby added: “Towns and cities are vitally important to future living. We have a duty to urban communities, to the businesses that operate within them providing jobs, commerce and opportunities for the future. Our duty is to provide an efficient commercial and passenger transport system that enhances the quality of life for everyone and everything within that community.
“It’s a big culture-shift step to walk away from the current legacy vehicles on the roads. It’s what we’re all used to after all and people don’t like change. But that change must happen and LINCS is a key part of the movement towards an exciting urban Future Transport vision.”