EAV launches first fully temperature-controlled eCargo bike
(December 1, 2019) LONDON — Electric Assisted Vehicles Limited (EAV) has launched a 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 last week. 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.
It measures 78 inches long by 39 inches wide, weighs 264 pounds and can carry a 264-pound payload. Using an e-nertia boost button, a 250 watt motor helps the rider accelerate up to an initial 3.7 mph and then on to a maximum pedal-assisted 15 mph.
The EAVcool can cover a range of 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, but are fully re-charged in under six hours.
Developed in conjunction with Lancashire-based Solom
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.
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 maneuverable and can often get closer to delivery addresses than most vans and even motorcycles.
Nigel Gordon-Stewart, executive chairman of EAV said, “Our program 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.
Adam Barmby, technical director at EAV (pictured on the vehicle at left) 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.”
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 Policeman. Adaptability and modularity were our two starting points for intelligent and innovatively considered design and engineering solutions.