First fully temperature-controlled eCargo bike to become a key part of the cold chain
Electric Assisted Vehicles (EAV) has launched the world’s first fully temperature-controlled eCargo bike.
The EAVcool Cargo was launched to exceptional interest at the Restaurant and Takeaway Show at London’s Excel Arena.
EAV worked with Solomon Commercials, the UK’s leading temperature controlled vehicle body builders.
Primarily designed for the urban transport and delivery of chilled or frozen goods within a continuous cold chain, the EAVcool is a purpose-built, zero-emissions, environmentally- focused quadracycle which measures 2m long by 1m wide, weighs 120kg and can carry a 120kg payload.
Using an e-nertia boost button, a 250 watt motor helps the rider accelerate up to an initial 6km/h (3.7 mph) and then on to a maximum pedal-assisted 25km/h (15 mph).
The EAVcool can cover up to 60 miles in a day and then be recharged using a normal 13amp, 240v plug socket. Batteries can also be swapped to keep the EAVcool in constant use and are fully re-charged in under 6 hours.
Developed in conjunction with Lancashire-based Solomon Commercials, the rear compartments are designed from high-tech insulation and provide two completely independent zones for frozen (down to -18) and chilled product.
Temperature control is maintained onboard by a highly efficient 12v cooling system from Dometic.
This process is completely different to insulated boxes or chill bags which are used in both vans, cars and motorcycles aimed at reducing the thawing or warming time of frozen or chilled goods but which break the cold chain logistics cycle.
To guarantee fresh deliveries, the EAVcool can maintain frozen and chilled products at their optimum temperature ensuring a perfect delivery at the same temperature they were packed.
New type of vehicle
The EAVcool is an entirely new type of vehicle and is designed specifically to meet the current challenges for delivery firms in the urban environment.
The vehicle itself has the potential to be more efficient than traditional vans in certain locations transporting items faster. It is highly manoeuvrable and can often get closer to delivery addresses than most vans and even motorcycles.
Nigel Gordon-Stewart, Executive Chairman of EAV says: “Our programme with Solomon Commercials is a further extension of the EAV concept and now allows cool cargo such as perishable foods, nutrient products, flowers, plants, biopharmaceutical products, chemicals and even artwork to be delivered without needing vans or cars and therefore emissions free.
"It is clear evidence of the real potential of vehicles like the EAVcool to operate efficiently and environmentally in towns and cities worldwide. EAV’s contribution is increased efficiency and a very significant reduction in both pollution and congestion which, we truly believe, will help to change the world we live in.”
Designed from scratch
Adam Barmby, technical director at EAV commented: “It has been fantastic to work alongside Solomon Commercials and see this first EAVcool develop.
"EAV is classed as a cargo e-bike, but really, we started from scratch and reimagined an entirely new type of vehicle to operate within the parameters of today’s urban delivery market.
"It is a modular design, so we can extend or shorten the chassis and change the cargo configuration to fit the brief. In addition to the design flexibility, there is also a whole new set of efficiencies that we are tapping into here.
"Realistically, the EAVcool can move as fast or faster than a traditional van through many cities because of the different routing it can take.”
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EAV tells us: "We set up Electric Assisted Vehicle Limited - or “EAV” – in 2018 having started developing our e- quadra concept almost two years before that.
"We can all see where pollution has become a huge and worrying problem and, as a group of ex-F1 and aerospace engineers and automotive executives, we had looked at transport in detail and seen what was really needed and what was simply inefficient waste.
"So, we came together and created EAV to design and build zero emissions eCargo and personal transport vehicles to be manufactured in the UK.
"What we didn’t want though was a vehicle conceived from a bicycle.
"We wanted something that any van driver wouldn’t mind using. Something that was highly practical, easy to use but still had all the things you need to do the job – whether its deliveries or being a paramedic or police officer.
"Adaptability and modularity were our two starting points for intelligent and innovatively considered design and engineering solutions.
"We’ve produced something unique with our own engineering and software application.
"We’ve linked up with some key strategic and technical partners and produced a zero emissions vehicle that’s kind to the environment in as many ways as possible and with true eco-credentials but at the same time, it does the job brilliantly.
"From biodegradable composite bodywork to a simple-to-recycle mild steel chassis and major componentry. EAV has been considered as a safe and future-proof solution to urban and even rural zero emissions transport."
EAV is based in Upper Heyford in Oxfordshire. Its partners are:
Find out more: www.eavcargo.com