Originally published on Sustainnovate.
From passenger cars, to golf carts, to utility vehicles, to the world’s largest truck, there are a lot of types of electric vehicles out there. But there’s a cool new one named after a donkey that gets into yet another market.
The Kulan, named after a Central Asian type of donkey… despite the creators being German. (Don’t ask me.)
Looking at the vehicle, you may be wondering where the electric motors are. There are two 2-kilowatt motors in the back two wheels. There’s a lithium-ion battery sitting there between them.
So, what’s the range on this beast? 186 miles. And it has a top speed of 31 mph, which should be plenty for the farms and parks where it is targeted for use. Most importantly, the vehicle can carry 1 ton of cargo, whether it be hay, rakes & shovels, or donkeys.
Of course, the Kulan also enjoys the various benefits all electric vehicles enjoy: it doesn’t pollute the nearby environment, it’s quiet, you can plug it in at home (or home base) to charge it, it cuts global warming emissions, and it saves you a ton of money on fuel.
Green Car Reports writes: “Also shown at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hanover earlier this year, the Kulan was designed by a consortium of 14 companies and research organizations–according to CarsGuide–operating under the umbrella of Poly-lab.net.”
Reprinted with permission.
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