Temperature-controlled e-cargo bike launched
The world’s first fully temperature-controlled eCargo bike has been launched by Electric Assisted Vehicles Limited (EAV).
Primarily designed for the urban transport and delivery of chilled or frozen goods, the EAVcool is a purpose-built, zero-emissions quadracycle has a range of up to 60 miles and can be 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 under 6 hours.
Developed in conjunction with Lancashire-based Solomon Commercials, the rear compartments are designed from high-tech insulation and provide two completely independent zones for frozen (down to -18) and chilled product. Temperature control is maintained onboard by a highly efficient 12v cooling system from Dometic. This process is completely different to insulated boxes or chill bags which are used in both vans, cars and motorcycles aimed at reducing the thawing or warming time of frozen or chilled goods but which break the cold chain logistics cycle. To guarantee fresh deliveries, the EAVcool can maintain frozen and chilled products at their optimum temperature ensuring a perfect delivery at the same temperature they were packed.
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. It is clear evidence of the real potential of vehicles like the EAVcool to operate efficiently and environmentally in towns and cities worldwide. EAV’s contribution is increased efficiency and a very significant reduction in both pollution and congestion which, we truly believe, will help to change the world we live in.”
Adam Barmby, technical director at EAV commented, “It has been fantastic to work alongside Solomon Commercials and see this first EAVcool develop. EAV is classed as a cargo e-bike, but really, we started from scratch and reimagined an entirely new type of vehicle to operate within the parameters of today’s urban delivery market. It is a modular design, so we can extend or shorten the chassis and change the cargo configuration to fit the brief. In addition to the design flexibility, there is also a whole new set of efficiencies that we are tapping into here. Realistically, the EAVcool can move as fast or faster than a traditional van through many cities because of the different routing it can take.”