Cenntro Motors has announced plans to launch its Kombi EV all-electric utility vehicle in the North America. Designed for transporting light cargo, the Kombi EV, has a claimed top speed of 31 mph (49.9 km/h), a range of 50 miles (80.5 km) on a single charge, with each charge taking under six hours, according to the company. A 6.8-kWh lithium-ion battery powers the electric motor, delivering a maximum of 12.5 kW (16.7 hp) and 400 Nm of torque, which translates to an acceleration of 0 to 45 km/h (28 mph) in 8.5 seconds.

Using KLD Technologies' oneDRIVE drivetrain, the vehicle is said to achieve fuel economy of 240 MPGe on the highway, though it is yet to receive an official rating from the EPA. As a comparison, current EPA figures mark the Chevrolet Spark EV as the industry leader with 119 MPGe for combined highway and city driving.

With a carrying capacity of 800 lb (362.8 kg) and a turning radius of 3.8 yards (3.47 m), the two-wheel drive Kombi is geared toward industry applications that rely on short-distance deliveries and transportation, such as a local courier service or a storage facility.

The company has floated two models. The Green Space model features a tray at the rear, while the City version sports an enclosed body and has maximum speed of 25 mph (40 km/h) with fuel economy of 240 MPGe.

Cenntro says the car will initially be available in North America only, and plans to begin delivery in the second quarter of 2014. Pricing information has yet to be released.

"The Kombi is an extremely versatile vehicle that was purpose built for multiple applications from warehouse operations, to agriculture, landscape and maintenance needs in addition to light urban deliveries," said Marianne McInerney, Executive Vice President of Cenntro Motor.

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