B-ON Pelkan revealed and Chery joint venture announced

European electric van manufacturer B–ON has revealed an all-new electric van, using the the CV Show 2024 for the global reveal of its all-new Pelkan mid-size delivery van.

The company also announced a joint venture strategic partnership with China’s Chery Group, of which the B-ON Pelkan is the first global vehicle to be launched.

As part of the partnership, B–ON will contribute its network for sales, aftersales and branding in Europe and North America as well as engineering design and product development. Chery Commercial Vehicles will provide engineering, supply chain support and manufacturing.

The B-ON Pelkan, will feature a payload of up to 1350kg and two battery variants of 43 and 54 kWh designed to provide a range of either 140 or 173 miles. First customer deliveries expected towards the end of the summer.

Founded in 2020, B-OB says it is focused on accelerating the transition to electric fleets by providing purpose-built electric vehicles along with fleet software and telematics. Chery Group is currently the third-largest automaker in China with nearly two million vehicles sold in 2023.

"Partnering with a major world leader like Chery Group is a pivotal moment for B–ON and its growth," says Bruno Lambert, CEO of B–ON. "Combined, our ability to provide high quality, low-cost electric commercial vehicles is unmatched in the market today and I’m extremely optimistic about our joint prospects."

UK prices and specifications for the B-ON Pelkan are expected to be announced in the summer of 2024.

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Can you recommend a tyre foam repair product suitable for a motorhome?

Can you recommend a tyre foam repair product suitable for a motorhome?
The two best examples of this type of repair kit that we've tried have been Holts Tyre Weld (about £15) and AirMan Active Seal (around £20), both of which claim to work with vehicles up to 3.5t and only as a temporary repair. In all honesty, with a vehicle as large as a camper van and given some of the places you may choose to take it, we'd very much favour transporting a full-sized spare and mounting it on the exterior of the vehicle if there is nowhere convenient inside. It's a much safer and more practical option and will certainly be favoured by any roadside recovery operator if you need to call them for assistance.
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