|The QUICC! Diva. Click to enlarge.|
DuraCar, a Dutch automobile manufacturer, is introducing its QUICC! brand and the prototype of a new electric vehicle at the Mondial de L’Automobile opening in Paris this week. The QUICC! DiVa is fully battery-powered distribution van (DiVa), and the body and chassis of the vehicle are entirely made of plastic.
DuraCar Holding BV is young Dutch automobile company, based in Heerlen and focused on sustainable solutions for mobility. The company acquired its core intellectual property and first prototype—the InnoVan—in 2007 from Innovative Transportation Systems AG (ITS).
ITS, originally known as Unique Mobility Europa GmbH, was a joint venture founded in 1999 between Energy Conversion Devices (ECD), EV Global (a company started by former Chrysler chairman Lee Iacocca) and Unique Mobility (UQM). ITS developed the InnoVan using a UQM motor and Ovonic NiMH batteries.
The electric DiVa is powered by either a 23 kWh GAIA lithium-ion iron phosphate battery pack or a new bi-polar lead acid battery pack from Centurion. DuraCar says that it is considering a methanol fuel cell technology as well.
The DiVa uses a 15 kW (50 kW peak) electric motor from Siemens that develops 65 Nm (123 Nm peak) torque. Top speed of the Diva is 120 kph (75 mph), and it has a range of 150 km (83 miles). The DiVa consumes 1 kWh/7 km (230 Wh/mile).
DuraCar has already placed units of the DiVa with a Dutch council, to be made public at the unveiling on 2 October. DuraCar is targeting mass production for 2010.