WEVC reveals electric van with Luton-style build.

Exciting news from UK startup Watt Electric Vehicle Company (WEVC) as they unveil a production-ready version of their highly anticipated eCV1 electric van, featuring a new wide body design that is set to revolutionize the world of electric commercial vehicles.

The eCV1, initially showcased as a prototype at the 2023 CV Show, has undergone significant enhancements based on valuable feedback from fleets. WEVC is now gearing up to commence volume production of this groundbreaking van in 2026, with the aim of setting new standards in the industry.

The all-new wide body of the eCV1 is engineered to provide fleets with the benefits of a Luton conversion – the largest van type permitted to be driven in the UK with a standard license. However, it also offers the advantage of a low access height similar to that of an air suspension vehicle, all while featuring a sleek, aerodynamic, and efficient integrated body.

One of the standout features retained from the original concept is the central driving position, which not only facilitates a safer kerbside exit for the operator but also ensures exceptional visibility for the driver, making urban operation safer and more efficient.

Operators have the flexibility to configure the cabin either as a walk-through two-seater or opt for a layout with offset three-abreast seating and no sliding bulkhead door. This versatility caters to a wide range of preferences and requirements.

WEVC proudly proclaims that the eCV1 boasts class-leading payload capacity and range in both the 3.5- and 4.25-tonne segments, offering unprecedented levels of performance for an electric commercial vehicle.

CEO Neil Yates expressed his enthusiasm, stating: “We are dedicated to customer-centric engineering and have taken into account the feedback of fleet buyers from various large organisations to refine the eCV1 into this production-ready version. This electric LCV isn’t just a one-dimensional vehicle – it offers so much more to operators and drivers alike.”

Yates continued, “With the eCV1, we deliver the low access height of an air suspension vehicle, the load capacity of a Luton conversion, and unmatched payload capacity at 3.5 tonnes. This means our customers can enjoy the benefits of a high-performing electric van without having to upgrade to a 4.25-tonne vehicle with all the associated restrictions.”

He added, “For those with heavier payload requirements, we do offer a 4.25-tonne variant that can carry up to 1,750kg of cargo. The eCV1 truly stands out in the market for its exceptional combination of range, payload capacity, flexibility, visibility, and ease of operation.”

The eCV1 represents just the beginning of WEVC’s ambitious plans, with a range of multi-vehicle offerings in the pipeline. The vehicle is built on the company’s innovative PACES architecture, a modular electric vehicle platform that is both sophisticated and cost-effective.

Designed to support commercial vehicle manufacturers, specialist converters, and fleet operators in the shift towards electrification, the PACES platform complies with ISO regulations and surpasses the stringent safety standards of European Small Series Type Approval.

One of the key highlights of the PACES architecture is the ‘module-to-chassis’ system, which integrates batteries into the primary structure to enhance stiffness, reduce weight, and maximize payload capacity. This innovative approach eliminates the structural, weight, and packaging compromises often found in conventional electric LCV designs.

WEVC is currently conducting rigorous durability testing on the eCV1 to ensure its readiness for production in 2026, marking a significant step towards a sustainable and electric future for commercial vehicles.

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