Electric Assisted Vehicles (EAV) has launched what it believes is the world’s first fully temperature-controlled electric cargo bike. The EAVcool Cargo was launched at the Restaurant and Takeaway Show in London’s Excel Arena last month. Primarily designed for the urban transport and delivery of chilled or frozen goods within a continuous cold chain, the EAVcool is a purpose-built, zero-emissions, environmentally- focused quadracycle which measures 2m long by 1m wide, weighs 120kg and has a 120kg payload. Using an e-nertia boost button, a 250-watt motor helps the rider accelerate up to an initial 6kph (3.7mph) and then on to a maximum pedal-assisted 25 kph (15mph).
The EAVcool can cover a range of up to 60 miles in a day and then be recharged using a normal 13amp, 240v plug socket. Batteries can also be swapped to keep the EAVcool in constant use but are fully re-charged in less than six hours.
Developed in conjunction with Lancashire-based Solomon Commercials, the rear compartments are designed from high-tech insulation and provide two independent zones for frozen (down to -18) and chilled products. Temperature control is maintained onboard by a 12v cooling system from Dometic.
Nigel Gordon-Stewart, executive chairman of EAV said, “Our programme with Solomon Commercials is a further extension of the EAV concept and now allows cool cargo such as perishable foods, nutrient products, flowers, plants, biopharmaceutical products, chemicals and even artwork to be delivered without needing vans or cars and therefore emissions-free.”
- Courier company DPD has taken delivery of 10 EAV P1 electric-assist cargo bikes – the result of a partnership between EAV and Birmingham-based DPD group. Five of the vehicles are currently being tested on the streets of London, York and Newbury, while another five are being shipped to DPD business units in Ireland, Spain, Germany, Portugal and France.