Electric Assisted Vehicles Limited (EAV), the British sustainable zero-emissions vehicles manufacturers, has confirmed a working partnership with DENSO Corporation. The collaboration will produce a low voltage connected actively-cooled eCargo bike.
The current partnership project involves developing and engineering to production a new EAV model which has already been named the EAV2Cool.
The 2Cool will feature a 1.4m³ rear compartment, fully connected and actively chilled to an operating temperature of between 2°C – 5°C which can be sustained for 10 hours in 30°C ambient heat.
DENSO’s teams have brought all their knowledge and experience of being the producer of nearly a third of all automotive air conditioning units worldwide to the production of a low voltage cloud-connected chiller system which is being developed for the EAV project.
EAV will fit additional batteries to the EAV eCargo chassis to provide sustained 40v power to support the 10-hour minimum operation window required by DENSO.
DENSO is a €40.5 billion ($45.1 billion) global mobility supplier that develops advanced technology and components for nearly every vehicle make and model on the road today.
Adam Barmby, Founder and CEO of EAV, says: “We know there’s significant interest in the market for a fully connected actively cooled eCargo vehicle rather than just packing cooled goods into highly insulated packaging and trying to minimise temperature gain. We’re now enthusiastically looking for partners who operate cold chain deliveries or who have a requirement for chilled products distribution, to work with on pilot programmes throughout the summer. We’ll have a much better understanding of the operational requirements of the EAV2Cool by the autumn and we’ll be launching the production version with DENSO at the IAA in Hannover during September.”
Nesh Cvetkovic, Director Connected Services at DENSO International Europe, adds: “As more urban locations move towards zero emissions, and even the banning of city and town centre traffic altogether, micromobility logistics solutions like the eCargo bike have become the ideal solution for the last mile. A significant proportion of that last mile traffic requires the option of active cooling that is connected and dynamically traceable, especially with food and pharmaceuticals. To provide this capability, DENSO’s innovation team entered into a collaborative engineering programme with EAV, who are the leaders in micromobility solutions, to produce the EAV2Cool.”
Oxfordshire-based EAV vehicles are sustainable by design made from natural fibre composite materials, and recycled plastics and metals.