AVEVAI reveals new IONA electric van and truck

Singapore-based AVEVAI (the name stands for Autonomous Vehicle, Electric Vehicle, Artificial Intelligence) has launched a range of electric light commercial vehicles called IONA.

The IONA is built on a chassis developed in cooperation with Daimler and Chinese truck maker Foton, and is designed specifically for use by delivery and service businesses. The first two vehicles are a van and a truck, and they will be offered in both short and long wheel-base versions. They can handle a payload of up to 2,500 kg and as much as 18 square meters of cargo.

AVEVAI uses supercapacitor technology to increase range and improve battery life. Estimated range figures are 330 km for the IONA Van and 300 km for the IONA Truck.

The IONA’s batteries are designed to excel in extreme weather conditions, at temperatures as low as -40o C and as high as 70o C.

The company plans to offer a 22 kW Level 2 charging station that can fully charge the IONA Truck in two hours.

AVEVAI CEO Argun Boldkhet says the company was founded in response to the demand from small- and medium-sized businesses for low-cost, flexible EVs. “Tighter regulations on harmful emissions in urban areas are driving demand for e-LCVs. Our mission is to create affordable, functional and highly efficient products that meet the current needs of many businesses operating in the parcel, fast-moving consumer goods and last-minute delivery segments.”


Source:  AVEVAI

  • Quick Quote

    Watch out Tesla !

    • Roger Starkey

      Don’t be surprised to see something similar in a model S “refresh”. Or quite possibly in the Semi.

  • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/668690688 Mike T

    So 330km (220 miles) range and 2 hrs of 22kw charging. 220/44kwh battery = 5 miles per kWh which is what the best ev’s (Kona etc) are getting in a van with 2500kg load capacity !. I get 3.5 miles/kWh in an env-200 with minimal load. This is exactly the typ eof van that is needed for amazon deliveries etc but they need to be realistic and put in a 60-80kWh battery and rapid charge so it can do a full days work. 2 loads and rapid charge while being re-loaded.

    • Roger Starkey

      They should put this system into a car.
      That WOULD give the range everyone wants.
      But actually, t probably works better in a heavier vehicle!?

  • Brian Couchene

    220 miles in an urban delivery route would not be a full days work. It would be TWO full days work. These are not long haul interstate trucking vehicle applications. Think about it, if you averaged 35mph, that would take 6.2 hours to drive 220 miles. Factor in stops, lower speeds, etc. and 220 miles is plenty for an 8-10 hour shift.

  • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/668690688 Mike T

    Yes, but I only get 3.5 miles per kWh out of a much smaller van with very little load (a few dogs). 110 miles may be enough for a full days urban deliveries, but I suspect a fully laden van of that size would struggle to get 2-2.5 miles per kWh so a 44kWh battery is not enough, especially in winter.

    • Roger Starkey

      Its the capacitors making the difference. What kills the battery is acceleration, batteries don’t like stress, they get hot!
      The capacitors discharge to accelerate, then regain almost all the energy when braking. The energy lost is frictional and air resistance.
      The battery is used just to top up that energy and keep the van moving.
      I think this is the way to go, untill solid stats batteries are developed, maybe even after.