Watt Electric Vehicle Company (WEVC), a manufacturer of low-to-medium-volume EVs, both under its own brand and for third parties, has revealed a new chassis-cab product that it says will “provide the foundation for next-generation electric light commercial vehicles.”
The eCV1 uses the company’s PACES (Passenger And Commercial EV Skateboard) architecture, which has been developed to support commercial vehicle manufacturers, specialist vehicle converters and fleet operators.
The PACES architecture features bespoke aluminum lightweight extrusions and ultra-precise laser-cut and CNC-folded pieces which interlock and bond together.
PACES complies with ISO regulations and meets the European Small Series Type Approval safety standards.
The eCV1 platform uses a cell-to-chassis system. This means that the batteries are integrated into the vehicle’s primary structure rather than having a separate battery pack. WEVC says that this optimizes stiffness, minimizing weight and maximizing payload. The company says its clean-sheet design means the eCV1 has none of the structural, weight and packaging compromises inherent in electric LCV designs which have been converted from ICE drivetrains.
The eCV1 range features a central driving position which is designed to allow a safer curbside exit for the operator. The cabin can be configured as a one-, two- or three-seater vehicle, and the large glasshouse provides high visibility.