Brisbane company unveils new electric van

Transport startup EV Automotive has launched the new EC11 electric van range.

To complement the burgeoning last mile delivery sector, the Brisbane-based company announced it would enter the commercial fleet space as an EV van supplier at last week’s Brisbane Truck Show.

In partnership with Skywell Industries, a predominantly Electric Bus manufacturer, they have created products to enhance the Australian and New Zealand logistics industry and meet growing corporate sustainability initiatives.

With full volume ADR certification and compliance now approved, the EC11 E-CARGO is explicitly designed as an off the shelf solution.

As it features 12.3 cubic meters of cargo space and a 1.7 tonne payload, the van is suitable for the largest loads.

The ECARGO is joined in the lineup by the E-CREW minibus. With a 12-seat capacity, its particularly suited for on-demand operators such as pubs, clubs, NDIS providers, aged care and shuttle transfer industries.

Equipped with a 73.6 kWh battery, CCS Type 2 DC charging and a 22kw capacity AC onboard charger, the EC11 boasts a range of between 200-300km, contingent upon onboard load, giving it sufficient route coverage for daily use especially for companies that perform last mile deliveries within a fixed and limited radius.

EV Automotive claims the EC11 possesses 70kW of power with 350Nm of torque that develops into 100kW and 750Nm, nearly twice the output of a comparably sized diesel competitor.

“Over the past few years, there has been significant growth in the e-commerce industry. The COVID-19 pandemic has further escalated it, causing significant shifts in consumer buying behaviours and establishing online shopping as another new normal for all of us,” said Peter Benardos, EV Automotive General Manager Sales.

“As convenience, delivery speed, and efficiency continue to define customer experience, businesses researching the suitability of Electric Vehicles’ to carry out last mile operations has also increased. With convenience taking centre stage, so does the demand for fast, efficient, and consistent last-mile operations. EVs are ideally suited to the task. They are eco-friendly and offer significant cost-saving benefits to the logistic industry,” he said.

“The logistics industry relies heavily on transportation, which translates into excessive fuel consumption throughout the whole supply chain journey. Using EVs to carry out last-mile deliveries, supply chain enterprises can instantly reduce their fuel consumption significantly.

“EV’s also have fewer moving parts and consumables when compared to regular vehicles. Components such as spark plugs, oil filters, gaskets, fuel pumps, injectors and engine oil are items just not found on an EV. EV’s, therefore, offer a hassle-free maintenance program with a significantly reduced cost.”