Webasto and the Italian EV specialist Green-G have presented a small electric truck called ‘ecarry’, which has been specially developed for urban services. The municipal vehicle is to be offered with two battery options for a range of up to 250 kilometres.
Unlike the Tropos Able or the Ari 458, the ecarry now on display is not a class L7e light vehicle, but has class N1 road approval. According to Webasto, the vehicle will have similar dimensions to a conventional van. The permissible total weight is up to 3.5 tonnes, and the maximum speed is 80 km/h.
While the vehicle and drive system come from Green-G, a subsidiary of the Italian Goriziane Holding S.p.A., Webasto has contributed its battery and air-conditioning know-how to the vehicle. At the core of this is an NCM battery with 35 kWh. One of these batteries is installed in the standard version, two in the premium version. With the 70 kWh thus achieved, the ecarry should have a range of 250 kilometres. Webasto has not yet named the price of the vehicle.
The company says the ecarry was “specially developed for service companies that operate in an urban environment”. Suitable areas of application include waste disposal services, horticulture, urban logistics and last-mile deliveries.
With the ecarry, the two companies want to contribute to reducing pollution and noise in the areas where municipal vehicles are used. “We want to enrich the world with innovative technological solutions that are in harmony with ecological sustainability,” says Alessandro Della Torre, project manager at Green-G. “With Webasto we have a partner in the area of batteries and thermal management, which convinces us with its high quality of its products and services.”
In addition to the battery, Webasto is also supplying the Italian company with a high-voltage heater for the interior. A special control strategy was developed for the ecarrry to increase the efficiency of the thermal management system.
Webasto says that after the ecarry, further electric vehicles are to be created as part of the cooperation. “Through the insights we gain by integrating our products in the ecarry, we can react to market requirements even more flexibly,” says Manuel Kagelmann, Head of Product Management Batteries in the Customised Solutions division at Webasto. “This collaboration also gives us the opportunity to further grow in the market of inner-city distribution and communal traffic which is very important for the e-mobility.”
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