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Golia electric passenger transfer vehicle available in UK

29 January 2013

A battery-powered, six-seat passenger transfer vehicle is now available in the UK. The Golia multi-passenger electric vehicle (EV) has full N1 type approval, a 30 mph (48 km/h) top speed and a quick-swap battery pack for extended hours operations. This compact minibus has a driver and passenger seat up front, then four seats in a 2x2 black cab configuration in the rear. It also includes a luggage area with a payload of 200 kg.

Golia 6 seat passenger vehicle now available in UK
Golia e-Bus. Click to enlarge.

The electric road-legal bus has a range of up to 50 miles (80 km) on a single charge and is fitted with a two-speed manual gearbox, to help traverse steeper gradients. Other standard features include regenerative braking, reverse alarm and an adjustable steering wheel.

The Golia is designed for passenger transfer activities in closed campus environments such as airports, business parks, holiday villages, hospitals, leisure and tourism sites, military bases, ports and universities. It is available exclusively in the UK from ePowerTrucks.

The battery pack can be fully recharged in just 8-10 hours, or can be swapped out for a spare pack in a matter of minutes, using only one person and a pallet truck.

The Golia range of commercial EVs is designed and manufactured by Esagano Energia, based in Milan. The Italian company has a 25-year history and today produces a wide range of commercial EVs as well as solar power stations.

The bus is the latest addition to the extensive ePowerTrucks range of commercial EVs. This includes more than 35 passenger and utility vehicles from leading brands including Alke, Club Car, Motrec and Mia. The Golia bus is available from ePowerTrucks from £35,000 (US$55,000).

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There are a lot of hotels within a handful of miles of airports which operate their own shuttles for guests.  These buses spend much of their time parked.  A bus like this would be almost ideal for many of their needs, and "shore power" could keep the climate controls running so the batteries would not be required to handle the drain of bringing the cabin to temperature before or during every trip.

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