|The Modec in van configuration.|
Modec, a UK company, introduced an all-electric light commercial van, the Modec van, at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, UK, this week. On a single charge, the Modec van offers a range of more than 100 miles and a top speed of 50 mph carrying a load of up to two tonnes. The 70kW motor (102hp) develops 300Nm of torque.
Twin parallel-wired 288-volt Zebra sodium-nickel-chloride battery packs have a life span of around four years (1,000 full charging cycles.) Regenerative braking recharges the batteries in addition to grid charging, which takes 8 hours for a complete charge.
The battery pack sits amidships in a drop-down mounting which can be swapped out to avoid downtime while recharging.
The Sodium Nickel Chloride battery pack has an average life span of around four years (1,000 full charging cycles.) Larger and smaller Lithium-Ion packs will be available next year.
The Zytek Electric motor sits under the floor, just ahead of the rear axle. The motor sits transversely, driving the back axle through a reduction gear set. Hub reduction gears down motor speed even farther.
The Modec van is the first of its kind. It is comparable to other vans currently on the market but supersedes them all by producing no CO2 emissions. It also is 100% clean in terms of local air quality and is virtually silent, spelling the end to noisy night deliveries in urban areas. Road tax is free and it is also exempt from the London Congestion Charge.
With carbon emissions and climate change being a topic of growing concern we are confident that the Modec van will soon be the van of choice for large fleet operators who are conscious of the cost savings as well as the savings to the environment that using the Modec van will deliver.—Jamie Borwick, Chairman of Modec
The Modec van started life as the LTI (London Taxis International) Electric Mercury. The e-Mercury, introduced in 2004, was developed by LTI in conjunction with Azure Dynamics and MSX International.
Jamie Borwick, former Chairman of Manganese Bronze, purchased the e-Mercury project from LTI (part of Manganese Bronze) during 2005. Many of the Modec team, including Jamie (Chairman and owner), Jevon Thorpe (CEO), Colin Smith (Engineering Director), David Godfrey (Technical Director), Bill Gillespie and Trevor Power (non-exec directors) were part of the team at LTI who were responsible for developing the iconic TX1 taxi.
Pricing for the Modec van costs starts at £23,000 (US$41,100).
(A hat-tip to Trevor Power!)