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British start-up reveals new electrically assisted pedal van

British-based start-up Electric Assisted Vehicles (EAV) has unveiled a new electrically assisted pedal van called the 2Cubed.

The 2Cubed offers load volume of up to two cubic metres and it can accelerate up to 3mph by itself with a small thumb throttle, similar to the ones on the electric kick scooters. Afterwards, the rider has to pedal, where they are supported by the electric motor which can take them up to 15mph, which is typical for e-bikes.

It is made from sustainable and recyclable materials and features a modular rear cargo pod that can be interchanged according to use.

The company is targeting the e-cargo bike market and in the launch video, Adam Barmby, founder and CEO of EAV, said, “What we really wanted to do was to create this low-down-as-possible, ultra-modular rear end that we can quite literally bolt on and bolt off separate modules depending on what the vehicle is being used for, be it supermarket chains, small to medium-sized businesses, shared or personal mobility: it can pretty much do it all.”

In freewheel mode, the 2Cubed can recuperate power with a standard range of 30 miles, extendable up to 60 miles with optional extra batteries on the roof are ordered. Batteries are replaceable and can also be charged at a household socket.

The 2Cubed is the second generation of the EAVan, a pedelec delivery vehicle launched last year. It is based on a new platform that is to be used in future as the backbone for diversifying the product range.

EAV was founded in 2018 and calls itself a micro-mobility company. With the second platform, the manufacturer wants to start series production. According to the manufacturer, the 2Cubed is already being manufactured in the British EAV production facility in Upper Heyford, near Oxford.

Several customer trials are already underway or about to start in Europe and North America.

The maximum payload of the 2Cubed is currently 150kg excluding the driver, but a new wheel and tyre package will soon be introduced to provide a higher load capacity.

 

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