Has this Oxford-based company invented the delivery van of the future?
Fully electric delivery vans are nothing new. Nissan, Peugeot, Renault and
Citroen will all sell you an emissions-free workhorse that’ll help to limit
pollution in built-up areas. What those options can’t solve, though, are
congestion issues at the same time.
Step forward the EAVan. Yes, we know it looks remarkably odd, but stick with
us here. Designed and built by Oxford-based startup EAV, it’s described as a
bio-mechanical electrically-assisted super-lightweight delivery vehicle. In
plain English – it’s a four-wheeled bicycle with an electric motor attached
and a big boot for parcels.
Seems like a worthy idea for city centres doesn’t it? And surely anything
that gets a bit more traffic off the roads – or off less of the road at
least – is a good thing for the rest of us.
With its 250-watt motor, the EAVan can apparently cover a range of up to 60
miles at 15mph (although we reckon Chris Hoy might be able to eek out a bit
more speed using the pedals). It can then be recharged in six hours by using
a standard 13amp, 240v plug socket, or the battery can be swapped out for a
The body is made from advanced composites; one of which is carbon fibre,
another is made from hemp fibres that are bonded together with a resin based
on the oil from cashew nut shells. Yeah, us neither.
The EAVan can be had in multiple body styles. There’s a LWB version, a pod
and trailer combo and plenty more possibilities. Plus, EAV says it comes
under ebike legislation but includes a number of vehicle attributes such as
lights, load ratings and wing mirrors.