Published on June 2nd, 2014 | by Important Media Cross-Post


The DELIVER Electric Van Is A Sci-Fi Package Shipper

June 2nd, 2014 by  

Editor’s Note: Sports cars and crossovers are what tend to excite normal people, but I know that many of our readers are more excited by practical vehicles such as electric buses and electric vans. Here’s an interesting one that looks to me as if it’s out of Robocop. With more capacity than a comparable gasoline- or diesel-powered van, innovative driver features, and big fuel cost savings certain, it seems like this electric van could be a winner. Let’s hope it gets manufactured and there aren’t any significant issues preventing it from finding a decent place in the market. Check out more details and thoughts in this Gas2 repost:

The DELIVER Electric Van Is A Sci-Fi Package Shipper (via Gas 2.0)

This funky-looking electric van prototype was built as a  new generation of urban delivery vehicles developed by the DELIVER consortium, first shown to the public recently in Masstricht, Netherlands. It is the product of a European design process…

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  • Ronald Brakels

    As far as appearance is concerned it looks fine to me apart from one basic error which is the opposite of the flaw in the original ED-109 design. The need to take the grill at the front off and put it back on upside down so it will look like it is smiling.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Perhaps they should offer the “smirk” option….

  • JamesWimberley

    I guess the news here is that Michelin, one of the world’s biggest and most advanced tyre makers, has decided to get into electric motors in wheel hubs, So they expect to sell complete wheel packages to carmakers.
    BTW: “many of our readers are more excited by practical vehicles such as electric buses and electric vans”: No, those of us following buses and vans here aren’t “excited ” about anything much. We greybeards just like winners.

    • Bob_Wallace

      I really like the idea of companies selling electronics packages to other companies who can then concentrate on producing bodies that people want.

      That can mean that the smaller niches are likely to served sooner rather than having to wait for the large manufacturers to finish building for the larger market segments.

      For me, a 4wd, good ground clearance aerodynamic ‘box’ with removable/fold down rear seats would be ideal. I could normally leave the seats out/down and have a lot of cargo/sleeping room. Put the seats in on those rare occasions I want to haul extra people. I would think a smaller company would be more likely to bring something like this to market sooner than would a large manufacturer.

      In hub motors could mean a car that could raise itself up for extra ground clearance when needed, then drop back down for better aerodynamics. And it should make for easy 4wd/2wd options. Just bolt on two more if desired.

      • JamesWimberley

        Is it really practicable for a small company to master the entire design process for an ev? An increasing part of the cost of cars now lies in the electronics, which have to be integrated. In the old days, bodybuilders could build bespoke luxury cars, buses and specialised trucks on chassis and drivetrains supplied by big manufacturers. I doubt if this is possible now.

        • Bob_Wallace

          Either/both Michelin and Protean have talked marketing motors in wheels and the electronics to go with them. That would make it possible for a small company to concentrate on body only and bolt on the electronics/motors/batteries

          • Benjamin Nead

            Yeah, if anything, I tend to think that next generation EVs (more so than many of the present ones) should give back at least some of the old world custom coach building tradition to small manufacturers. Note that BMW’s i3, for instance, is built off an aluminum ladder frames and that the carbon fiber body bolts on . . . just like the steel-on-steel frame/bodies we had before unibody took over some 50 years ago.

            Production models of Protean hubs are due to start showing up fairly soon. IIRC, the first one will be an 18″ diameter model, more in line with pickup truck sized vehicles. But a smaller one is due to follow on. They’ll sell to OEMs and retrofitters who will buy large wholesale quantities at first. But it’s only a matter of time before before smaller quantities will be available on a retail level.

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