Author: Tronserve admin
Friday 30th July 2021 01:33 AM
Evum to Start aCar Distribution – Low-Cost Commercial EV
Evum Motors, the spin-off of the TU Munich for the commercialization of the all-electric commercial vehicle aCar, is back with some news. Sales of the limited edition ‘First Mover’ will start this Tuesday with Evum taking orders through their website online.
The aCar special edition had been announced for the first time late last year and includes a larger battery package (16.5 kWh), work lights and fog lights, an external 230 V socket, high-voltage charging and a trailer coupling. The net price is 39,900 euros according to information provided at the time. For comparison: the basic version of the aCar is to be offered for 29,900 euros net, at least Evum said as much some time ago. However, official pricing is not out yet for the version going online on Tuesday.
Also, note that it appears we are talking about the European market for now. The series-production version leaving the halls next week has been newly homologated for sales in the EU. It is a class N1 for motor vehicles for the transport of goods with a maximum permissible mass of up to 3.5 tonnes and has become heavier compared to the prototype, but now also has more power. The standard battery with 12 kWh storage capacity should be sufficient for 100 kilometres. With this version, Evum primarily targets gardens, municipalities and craftsmen, but also fruit growers. Forest enterprises and winegrowers working on uneven or steep terrain may as well look into the aCar as a zero-emission option, according to the company.
Evum also stresses that this aCar is particularly suitable as an entry-level electric vehicle as its 48V architecture dispenses with expensive high-voltage technology and can be charged at any power outlet. “The concept, which was developed specifically with a view to low complexity and maximum benefit, is the decisive reason for the aCar’s cost-effectiveness,” the current communication states.
Initially, Evum and the team at the TU Munich had designed the aCar for application in markets like Africa, hence the name. The prototype came out in 2016, tailored to the rural structure, Evum announced at the time. Following tests in Ghana, the initiators presented a first revised version of the aCar at the IAA 2017.
However, even before the founding of Evum Motors, the team had more than one market in view. It aimed to bring the aCar into use worldwide, from Africa to Brazil to Indonesia, but also in Europe. Here, they had envisioned a price of 22,000 euros for a standard-aCar, in developing countries only about 10,000 euros.
It remains to be seen how much the ‘First Mover’ edition will cost. The company is making the commercial electric vehicle at their plant in the town of Bayerbach in Bavaria.