December 15, 2019

EAVan aims to bridge ‘culture-of-use’ change

The EAVan – claimed to be “a solution to urban congestion and pollution” – was launched in June at the Oxford EV Summit by manufacturer Electric Assisted Vehicles (EAV).

The EAVan operates under the current regulations for  electric bikes. EAV says it recognised that the switch from petrol and diesel vans to using ‘e-cargo bikes’ would require “a culture-of-use change”, so have engineered the EAVan ‘down’ from a van rather than ‘up’ from a bicycle.

“We wanted the EAVan to be as usable as possible by anyone.” said Adam Barmby, technical director and founder of EAV.

“Getting people out of vans and onto e-cargo bikes isn’t easy if they think it’s going to be an awful experience. So, we started with the idea of the outer body of a light commercial van and we added the electric pedal-assist propulsion system.

“We’ve used all the electric assistance which the regulations permit including a thumb throttle which accelerates the EAVan up to about 3mph. After that, simply turning the pedals provides enough power to move up to 120kgs of payload in the cargo area up to a maximum assisted speed of 25kmh.”

The EAVan – which has a range of up to 60 miles – is built on a ‘Cloudframe’ chassis, designed to be fully modular. EAV says this will give it a wide range of uses – from a delivery van to a paramedic or security patrol vehicle.

The first EAVans are due for delivery next month.