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Tesco Launches Modec Electric Vans in Northern Ireland

Tesco has launched Modec battery-powered zero-emission home delivery vans in its fleet in Northern Ireland.

A Tesco Modec delivery van. Click to enlarge.

The vans were introduced last year into the Tesco Shrewsbury (UK) fleet as part of a pilot scheme to assess their suitability for home delivery use and the feedback was very positive.

Each Modec is equipped with a custom-built refrigerated body, has the same carrying capacity as a standard van, covers a range of more than 100 miles and is governed at a maximum speed of 50 mph.

We listened to our customers when they told us they are becoming more concerned about the environment. By introducing the new Modec delivery van, we aim to reduce the level of CO2 emission, thus helping to contribute to a low-carbon society.

Not only are the new vans carbon neutral and pollution free they are also very quiet—a double benefit for urban environments. The introduction of the Modec vans is the next step in our commitment to reducing energy consumption.

—Maxine Thelwell, Tesco manager



I like these Modecs! I've been saying for years that it's the truck market, not passenger cars, where the switch to EV will take off commercially first.

Here in the UK, diesel fuel accounts for >60% of the costs for many haulage companies. A single 40-tonne HGV here manages about 7 miles per UK gallon, and over 1 year and 100,000 miles consumes about £85,000 of fuel!



Yeah you are right about the EV take off being in the commercial market.

Consumers are generally "less wise" than commercial accountants. They will frett over the higher sticker price of an EV. Then take a loan for a less expensive petrol car.

Every month they pay loan, fuel and maintenance costs. The fuel cost is the real wild card, it could halve, double or treble within a 7 year loan period.

An easy way for folks to compare monthly running costs. Is to use standard loan rates and assume CPI inflation for fuel.

EV's have to come down some in price to compete with highly efficient hybrids such as Prius. Volt is almost the same as a BEV in the accounting sense.


It's a backwater thread to post this. But, to indicate how much it is reasonable to pay for an EV.


Average yearly mileage 12,000 miles
Average gas consumption 25 mpg
Gas cost 4 $
Gas cost per month 160 $

Sticker price 30000 $
Loan rate 6 %
repayment period 7 years
Loan cost per month 438 $

Maintenance per month 50 $

Monthly cost 648 $


Average yearly mileage 12,000 miles
Average electric consumption 0.25 Kwh per mile
Electricity cost 12 cents/ Kwh
Electricity cost per month 30 $

Sticker price 38900 $
Loan rate 6 %
repayment period 7 years
Loan cost per month 568 $

Maintenance per month 50 $

Monthly cost 648 $

It could be reasonable to pay 30% more for an average electric car. I'm guessing this is close to how GM are figuring a $40K volt price.


More Info from the Website:
What's the GVW?
5.5 tonnes (i.e. 3.5 tonnes curbside weight + 2 tonnes payload)

How long/how wide/how high is a standard vehicle?
2m wide (2.25 with the mirrors)
6m long
2.6m high (cab height only, body may vary)
What battery packs are available?
Option 1: "Zebra" batteries. This pack has an average range of 100 miles. The batteries are Sodium Nickel Chloride and have a capacity of 85kWh.

Option 2: "Li-on" batteriers. The average range of this pack is 60 miles. The latest Lithium phosphate battery technology is proving popular with Modec customers.

Remember: the removable Modec battery casette enables us to upgrade any vehicle as new technology becomes available. The quick battery exchange only takes 15 minutes, which means Modec customers don't have to buy a new vehicle or suffer lengthy retro-fits every time technology improves.

85KWhr for 100 miles pulling 5tonnes is apparantly equivalent to Tesla's light weight going fast for 240 miles with a 50KWHr batter.

Better to run on electricty which can be generated in a variety of ways vs. buying and burning oil from dictatorships.


How much have electric vans changed since the milk float? Arent they destined to go the same way in view of the pending recession and fall in oil prices?

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