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Liberty's electric van looks quirky, but promises to "Deliver"

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June 2, 2014

The Deliver electric van

The Deliver electric van

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With swooping curves, a bulbous windshield, and prominent pod-like headlights, the "Deliver" van built by Liberty Electric Cars is certainly a distinctive-looking vehicle. But with a carrying capacity of 700 kg (1,540 lb), a quoted range of more than 100 km (62 m), and a top speed claimed to be in the order of 100 km/h (62 mph), it seems like a practical one, too.

As part of that practicality, the Deliver also has a flexible ergonomic cabin that features the removal of the B-pillar on the curb side and the addition of a swivel seat, so that the driver can quickly and easily enter or exit the vehicle in a way that reduces both delivery times and operator stress. These features alone would make the Deliver a practicable postal or parcel electric van for urban deliveries.

Given that it also has a claimed minimum range of 100 km (62 m) the Deliver could be a possibility for intercity work as well; a round trip within the given range parameters would be easily accommodated between most large urban areas. And weighing in at 2,200 kg (4,850 lb) fully laden, the Deliver – even with a substantial battery pack – is similar in weight to other comparable commercial vehicles.

Power is provided via a fully electric drive train incorporating in-wheel motors with 2-speed transmissions and an 80-cell prismatic Li-NMC (Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt) battery pack.

The van has a carrying capacity of 700 kg (1,540 lb), a quoted range of more than 100 km (...

Initially started as a broad conceptual design study, the Deliver project began in November 2011 in co-operation with ten partner companies across Europe (Fiat, Volkswagen, Liberty, Michelin, Polis Network, SP - Technical Research Institute of Sweden, HPL Prototypes, CADEM and Mobit) and was funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Program. As nominated Chief Engineers of the design of the vehicle, Liberty Electric Cars also performed a key role in the development of the battery, the battery management system, and the incorporation of all the electrical systems in the developed vehicle.

Testing was carried out on the test tracks at the Aldenhoven Testing Center, RWTH Aachen University's new testing ground, enabling the project partners to analyze such things as energy efficiency, dynamic and static structural performance, active and passive safety, ergonomics and range.

The Deliver will premiere at the FISITA World Automotive Congress, 2 -6 June 2014 in Maastricht, Netherlands. No details on a release date or pricing are yet available.

The vehicle is shown on its delivery run in the short video below.

Source: Liberty Electric Cars

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Colin Jeffrey Colin discovered technology at an early age, pulling apart clocks, radios, and the family TV. Despite his father's remonstrations that he never put anything back together, Colin went on to become an electronics engineer. Later he decided to get a degree in anthropology, and used that to do all manner of interesting things masquerading as work. Even later he took up sculpting, moved to the coast, and never learned to surf.   All articles by Colin Jeffrey
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6 Comments

Shutter to think how much a windshield replacement would cost after one little stone is chucked into it by a truck.

Mindbreaker
2nd June, 2014 @ 10:02 pm PDT

This coal burner ( EV's that charge batteries from energy produced from coal fired plants) can only carry a payload of less than half a ton with a range of 62 miles (31 miles out, 31 back), which is not very far at all for a commercial vehicle. I hope it will be equipped with a robust AC unit otherwise the driver will bake under all that glass. The AC will greatly reduce the range. In the USA the Obama EPA is imposing draconian rules on carbon which will necessarly cause electrical rates to skyrocket. Charging the battery will be very expensive. A gasoline or diesel van is much more practice for commercial application.

TeeWee
3rd June, 2014 @ 09:03 am PDT

Cue the Naysayers who'll say that 62 miles (100km) is nowhere near enough range for a delivery vehicle, as someone who used to do local multidrop parcels delivery, I can say that that is more than ample for urban and suburban routes.

As an aside, I delivered a Vauxhall Ampera (aka Opel Ampera/ Chevrolet Volt) this morning to a customer- I have to say that modern electric vehicles are astonishingly competent- even when a cross country high speed motorway trip is involved. An urban delivery van, on the other hand, is likely to spend all or most of its time at low speed, where battery power is at its most efficient.

bergamot69
3rd June, 2014 @ 09:15 am PDT

@ bergamot69

It wasn't enough range for the delivery truck I use to drive.

Slowburn
4th June, 2014 @ 12:18 pm PDT

I've been waiting for a lightweight, aerodynamic two seater to carry my 158 lbs. 62 miles. That would be enough until my once a year trip of 700 miles when I could use the ICE on my hybrid. So where is it? How can they build a vehicle that carries 1550 lbs. but not 158?

Could US import rules forbid it? I know they block cars with high MPG. And they would not loan Aptera any money after stringing them along for years until they went broke.

Don Duncan
4th June, 2014 @ 07:20 pm PDT

@Slowburn,

Well no, that range isn't going to be adequate for longer distances, but vehicles like this are designed for urban and outer-urban use. This isn't designed to make all internal combustion powered delivery vehicles obsolete, but it is ridiculously inefficient to use a diesel powered van on door-to-door urban runs.

bergamot69
6th June, 2014 @ 09:45 am PDT
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