EAVan Bridges The Gap Between E-Bikes And Cargo Vans

Electric Assisted Vehicles Limited (EAV) is a British startup that aims to find solutions to urban congestion and pollution — and, of course, make some money in the process, obviously.

Their latest creation is called the EAVan and it has an interesting philosophy. At its core, the EAVan is an eCargo bike that operates under the current regulations for electric bicycles. However, it’s also a van as the bodywork built on top of the e-bike can attest.

According to EAV, the vehicle is engineered “down” from a van rather than “up” from a bicycle. “Getting people out of vans and onto eCargo bikes isn’t easy if they think it’s going to be an awful experience. Being exposed to the elements or being low to traffic isn’t going to appeal to anyone,” explains Adam Barmby, Technical Director and Founder of EAV.

Also Read: VW Cargo e-Bike Punches Above Its Weight With 463-Pound Payload

That’s why the company started with the idea of the outer body of a light commercial van and then added the electric pedal-assist propulsion system. The EAVan has a driving range of up to 60 miles (96 km/h) or further if the owner adds more batteries.

Fitted with a thumb throttle that the company calls an “e-nertia” switch, the vehicle can accelerate up to 3 mph (5 km/h) on its own. After that, turning the pedals provides enough power to reach a maximum assisted speed of 25 km/h (15 mph) with a payload of up to 120 kg (264 lbs). EAV says the amount of assistance can be adjusted and the vehicle regenerates power into the batteries under braking and free-wheeling. The interchangeable batteries can be charged using a standard household plug.

Built on a “Cloudframe” chassis design, the vehicle has been designed to be fully modular. For example, it can be used as a delivery van, a pickup, as well as a paramedic or security patrol vehicle. Furthermore, the chassis and body cab can be evolved into both longer and wider versions, opening up new possibilities for building larger vans and Personal Transport Vehicles (PTVs) including taxis, minibuses and even passenger cars. The company believes it can bring such versions to market within the next five years.

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    • Ben

      Hahahaha!! True! I forgot all about those.

  • dantheman

    An interesting concept but completely impractical.

  • Howfarr

    Cargo bicycles are pretty common across Europe already.
    In EV and ‘Naturally Aspirated’ formats:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2d1a1be98f6dbef7d3599749d6c6650f2f2f2b3df447a58516375805fd8053e8.jpg

    • FoxJ30

      I’ve seen similar bikes to this in NYC – Whole Foods uses them for grocery delivery.

      Not sure I see the value of “engineering down” from a van – that cargo box has to add a lot of weight, and while a windscreen is useful in a car, on a bike it just serves to add drag and reduce the cooling breeze that you’d generally want. The biggest benefit I see for something like the van (over the cargo bike that Howfarr shows) is in inclement weather, where the box and windshield/roof will provide some protection. But any other time? More weight, more drag.

      Also, it’s not like the third world hasn’t been using cargo-rickshaws for most of the past century, so really not a new concept.

  • Porkopolis

    With that layout they could’ve at least used a seat that doesn’t destroy a gentleman’s prostate…

  • rodriguez256

    They should boost if they plan to sell it anywhere.

  • SHADOWXC371

    That seat is going to be a pain, literally

    • SHADOWXC371

      A very interesting vehicle but that seat tho

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