WEVC eCV1 breaks cover

A British-based start-up company has revealed a new Luton-bodied panel van which it says will go on sale in 2026.

The eCV1 is the first van from the Watt Electric Vehicle Company (WEVC), based in Cornwall, which claims to be a pioneer in the design, engineering, and manufacture of low-to-medium volume EVs. The company already supplies electrification systems for other manufacturers.

The WEVC eCV1 was first seen in prototype form at the 2023 CV Show and will compete in the 3.5t large van market. It features automatically lowering air suspension for ease of loading and a three-seat cabin with a central driving position, meaning there will be no need for right or left-hand-drive variants.

The cabin can be configured as a walk-through two-seater or without a sliding bulkhead door and offset three abreast seating, with the large curved front screen providing superb visibility.

WEVC Chief Executive Neil Yates said: “We live and breathe customer-centric engineering and have listened carefully to many organisations regarding their electric van requirements, incorporating crucial feedback into this revised, production-ready version of the original eCV1 prototype. We can give our customers the low access height of an air suspension vehicle, with the load capacity of a Luton conversion and class leading payload at 3.5t.

“This means many of our customers can operate the vehicle without having to go to a 4.25t plated vehicle and the tachograph and 56 mph speed limiter that brings with it.”

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What MoT class does a Ford e-Transit require?

I am trying to find out what MoT class a Ford e-Transit 390 comes under? The gross weight is 3900kg but I have had different service centres say variously class 4, class 7 and HGV?
The Department for transport allows a derogation for electric vans, meaning those weighing up to 4.25 tonnes are treated in the same way as diesel vans with a GVW of up to 3.5 tonnes, allowing for the extra battery weight. This applies to both licensing and MOTs, meaning an e-Transit 390 requires a Class 7 MOT.
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