Wednesday 26th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Low-cost challenge to electric truck market

Oldham-based ePower Trucks has launched an electric vehicle which it says costs only half as much as the 3.5 tonne electric vans currently on the market.

Prices for the XT320E start at £30,000. The company reckons it is capable of 60 miles on a full charge of its 13KwH battery pack and can carry a 1,000kg payload. The battery technology is adapted from military use. Battery packs can be swapped out in less than 30 minutes, using a forklift truck.

21751  ePower Truck XT320E

Jerry Hanss, managing director of ePower Trucks, said: “We looked at what was available on the market and identified a gap for a lower cost EV, with better range performance.

ePower Trucks is a division of LiftSafe, the lifting and handling equipment supplier. ePowerTrucks specialises in the supply of golf buggies, electric trucks, electric vehicles, electric tugs and a wide range of utility vehicles.

The XT320E is the first of four XT vehicles on offer from UK electric vehicle specialist, ePower Trucks.

The vehicle is available with a double battery pack, increasing the range to 120 miles, while still delivering a payload of 670kg and a GVW of 3.5t.

“Our expertise is in robust, pragmatic electric utility vehicles, so we used that experience to address the market from a different perspective. What we have delivered is a vehicle with a very attractive whole life cost model, which is also zero emission,” said Hanss.