What’s Happening: Watt Electric Vehicle Company (WEVC), known for designing and manufacturing low-to-medium volume electric vehicles, has unveiled its WATT eCV1 light electric van at the Commercial Vehicle Show. The eCV1 is built on WEVC’s proprietary PACES architecture and allows for a range of electric commercial vehicle designs to meet specific customer requirements.
Why It Matters: The introduction of the eCV1 marks an important milestone in the electric vehicle industry, as it offers a flexible and customizable electric commercial vehicle solution for manufacturers, specialist vehicle converters, and fleet operators. This innovative platform is designed to help accelerate the transition to electric vehicles and align with increasingly stringent corporate and fleet operator sustainability responsibilities.
- The WATT eCV1 is designed for up to 5,000 vehicles per year production and features a central driving position for safer kerbside exit.
- The vehicle uses a cell-to-chassis system, integrating batteries into the primary structure, optimizing stiffness, minimizing weight, and maximizing payload.
- PACES architecture complies with ISO regulations and exceeds European Small Series Type Approval safety standards.
- The eCV1 prototype has a kerb weight from just 1750kg, delivering class-leading payload and range in the 3.5t and 4.25t segments.
- ETRUX, an electric commercial vehicle specialist, will adapt the eCV1 platform for a range of offerings in the commercial vehicle market.
Bottom Line: The WATT eCV1 light electric van is an innovative solution for the commercial vehicle market that supports manufacturers and fleet operators in transitioning to a zero-emission future. Its flexible and customizable design allows for mission-specific models, making it an important addition to the electric vehicle landscape. With its unique features, including the cell-to-chassis system and central driving position, the eCV1 is poised to make a significant impact in the industry.