Following the trend of smaller, lighter electric vehicles, a new working prototype of a "revolutionary" electric delivery vehicle has just been unveiled by the University of Warwick.
Although fast, heavy, and expensive electric cars tend to get all the media love right now, perhaps because what many people want is something that looks just like a gas car but has an electric drivetrain, the move toward a cleaner transport system might happen a lot quicker thanks to the adoption of more electric vehicles in the commercial sector, especially smaller utility vehicles.
Considering the number of gas- and diesel-powered delivery, service, and courier vehicles currently on the streets of cities around the world, which contribute significant amounts of noise, air pollution, and carbon emissions, switching over to electrified vehicles can offer a cleaner, quieter, lower-carbon alternative.
We've covered a number of options for electric mobility recently, including electric passenger buses, electric delivery vehicles, e-bike delivery programs, mail trucks, electric tuk-tuks, and more, but there may be another potential option for cleaner deliveries in
the near future, and one with an appropriate, and cutesy, name to it.
The DELIVER-E vehicle, which is currently a working prototype (a "technology demonstrator"), is based on the electric vehicle platform of the Renault Twizy, which was also recently released as the "first open-source mass market vehicle platform." According to the University of Warwick, this new lightweight delivery vehicle could help companies better deal with the "demands of an ever-growing shift to online shopping," because it is "ideal for navigating urban environments." The DELIVER-E isn't a future production vehicle, but is instead designed as "a public showcase" for technologies developed through the University's WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group) department, and enabling WMG to put the results of its various research programs to work "in a real, driveable vehicle."
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