All-electric WEVC eCV1 light van unveiled

  • Range of up to 230 miles
  • Ergonomic cabin focused on central driving position
  • Also available as a Luton, drop side and chassis cab

Watt Electric Vehicle Company (WEVC) has unveiled its latest model – the WATT eCV1 light electric van - at the Commercial Vehicle Show.

Available as a panel van, Luton, chassis cab and dropside, the eCV1 has a range of up to 230 miles thanks to a 110 kWh battery.

The WEVC eCV1 features a central driving position that allows a safer kerbside exit for the driver and can be configured as a one-, two- or three-seater vehicle, with the large glass house providing superb visibility making the vehicle safer to drive and easier to manoeuvre and park.

The central driving position on the WEVC eCV1 also reduces frontal area and drag. The design creates generous full standing height headroom, facilitating easy entry and a ‘walk through cabin’ option that is ideally suited for urban delivery vehicles.

The batteries of the WEVC eCV1 are integrated into the primary structure, optimising stiffness, minimising weight and maximising payload. The WEVC eCV1 prototype has a kerbweight from just 1750kg.

The functional prototype will be continuing test and development activities directly after the event. WEVC expects the eCV1 to be the first of multiple commercial vehicle offerings to come from the company.

Neil Yates, CEO of WEVC, said: "Our unique approach to addressing the challenges facing the industry will enable the transition to mission-specific, yet cost-effective electric light commercial vehicles. We have embraced circular economy principles in the design, manufacture, and operation of our commercial vehicles to specifically align with increasingly stringent corporate and fleet operator sustainability responsibilities."

The next step for WEVC is to adapt its electric vehicle platform technology to a range of offerings for the commercial vehicle market in partnership with ETRUX, an electric commercial vehicle specialist. 

Yates added: "The industry is rapidly moving to a zero-emission future, working with WEVC and our eCV1 platform will allow customers to benefit from electrified commercial vehicles tailored to exactly meet their needs. Our MoU partner ETRUX has built a fantastic vehicle body onto one of the shortest lengths of chassis that we will offer to show how compact the vehicle can be."

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Will the 2030 ban cause diesel camper van prices to go down?

I'm considering buying a new Volkswagen T6 camper van. Will spend between £50,000 to £60,000 but am worried it will devalue lots as a fossil fuel vehicle. Especially with all the hype, restrictions now to go carbon zero. What is your advice?
Camper van values have traditionally been very robust against depreciation, However, since the pandemic, values have gone into overdrive. And all generations of the California are currently commanding strong money: I don't think this will change in the foreseeable future, as the T3, T4 and T5 all have huge followings in the UK and Europe. If anything, the 2030 ban and the switch to electric could make the T6 a collector's item due to it being the last of its kind.
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