The Deliver is the oddest electric van we’ve ever seen [w/video]

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, UK

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UK’s Liberty Electric Cars, a subsidiary of Green Automotive Company and the same group that brought us the E-Range, has built a fully functional prototype of the odd-looking electric delivery van you see above, succinctly called Deliver. The EV looks futuristic – much more like a concept car than something you’d expect to see the milkman driving – but it has practical elements built in.

The EV looks futuristic but it has practical elements built in.

Deliver weighs in at 4,850 pounds and offers a 1,543-pound payload. According to Liberty, its capacity is 18 percent greater than current delivery vehicles with similar wheelbases. Deliver is designed to make life easy for the delivery driver and is ergonomically crafted for a decreased workload thanks to a flexible interior, the lack of a curbside B-pillar, and an obstacle-free “walk-in door.” It also appears to have some pretty spectacular forward visibility and a sporty set of wheels.

The fully electric powertrain makes use of a battery pack containing 80 prismatic Li-NMC (lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide) cells. It features in-wheel electric motors, but Liberty didn’t specify in which wheels those motors can be found, or the total output. Also, there’s no word as to how quickly the battery can charge. We are told, though, that Deliver has a minimum range of 62 miles and a top speed of 62 miles per hour. When you compare that to the Nissan e-NV200 with its 100-plus-mile range and ability to quick charge to 80 percent in 30 minutes, the Deliver will need to, well, deliver on those promises of capacity and ease-of-use (or price) to be competitive.

Deliver will make its official debut at FISITA World Automotive Congress that starts June 2nd, so perhaps we’ll be able to get more information about it then, particularly some of those yet unknown figures. We can be sure, though, that if the florist pulled up in a van like this, it would definitely get our attention. Check it out in the short (and we mean short) video of the van in action below, where you can also find information in a press release.

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