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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Liberty Electric Cars, completes the prototype of the next generation of electric delivery vehicles

27th May 2014

Green Automotive Company (OTCQB:GACR) announces that its European based subsidiary, Liberty Electric Cars, has successfully completed the build of the first fully functioning example of "DELIVER" – an electric delivery vehicle funded by the European Commissions' 7th Framework Programme which brings together ten partner companies from across Europe. DELIVER will have its world Premiere at FISITA World Automotive Congress, which starts on 2nd June 2014 in Maastricht (NL).

The DELIVER project started in November 2011 with the goal to reduce the environmental impact in urban areas by 40 % and thus design and construct an electric light commercial vehicle which perfectly combines the needs of inner city traffic with the advantages of electric vehicles.

The result is a light weight commercial vehicle of 2,200 kg GVW and a payload of 700 kg, with a host of innovative features for the delivery driver and 18% additional capacity when compared with today's vans of a similar wheelbase. The concept deploys the latest electric vehicle technologies with its fully electric drive train featuring in-wheel motors with 2-speed transmission and 80 prismatic Li-NMC cells in its battery pack to increase energy efficiency and total range. The vehicle perfectly meets the demands of today's busy delivery drivers. Thanks to its flexible ergonomic cabin concept and removal of the B pillar on the kerb side, there is a decrease in both workload and the duration of the delivery process itself.

The ability for the driver to easily exit the vehicle on the kerb side not only minimises walking distances around the vehicle, but improves driver safety. The "Walk in door" concept reduces potential obstacles caused by the door sills. With a minimum range of 100 km and a top speed of 100 km/h, DELIVER represents an attractive proposition for light commercial vehicles with urban and intra urban applications such as postal, parcel, supermarket and city council service operations.

After executing a broad conceptual design study which started by establishing initial design specifications and continued right through to the detailed virtual performance assessment of the final fully electric vehicle concept, a driving demonstrator concept vehicle was built by Liberty Electric Cars to demonstrate as many of the new vehicle innovations as possible. Liberty Electric Cars, chosen to participate because of its extensive experience in electric commercial vehicle engineering, were nominated Chief Engineers of the design of the vehicle and played a key role in the development of the battery, the battery management system and the integration of all the vehicle electrical systems in the development of this vehicle.

An extended testing phase on the test tracks at the Aldenhoven Testing Center, RWTH Aachen University's new testing ground, enabled the project partners to analyse performance indicators such as energy efficiency, dynamic & static structural performance, active & passive safety, ergonomics or range.

The project, which is co-funded by the European Commission as part of the European Green Vehicles Initiative, is coordinated by Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika) of RWTH Aachen University and gathers ten partners from across Europe, including major OEMs, research partners and cities' representatives. The consortium comprises Fiat (IT), Volkswagen (DE), Liberty Electric Cars (UK), Michelin (CH), Polis Network (BE), SP – Technical Research Institute of Sweden (SE), HPL Prototypes (UK) as well as CADEM (TR) und Mobit (TR).


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      Wetstuff
      • 6 Months Ago
      Camper!
      danfred311
      • 6 Months Ago
      Quite a windshield.. And quite a weight. I'm not hugely offended by the config (although noone makes a production windshield like that) but knowing the company behind it and the clueless douche who runs it, this has dead end prototype written all over it. That company is a serial investor money bonfire. It exists only as long as clueless investors keep pumping money into it (be it private or gov grants) They have had less than stellar ideas and been unwilling to learn from mistakes.
        Marco Polo
        • 6 Months Ago
        @danfred311
        @ danfred311 Liberty are the world's 2nd longest continuously EV automotive producer. The produce and service thousands of electric vehicles. Liberty was foundered by one of the great pioneers of EV's, Barry Shrier. During Liberty's existence it's managed to rescue fellow UK EV pioneer Modec, and managed to keep it's light commercial products serviced and being produced. With Barry Shreir's retirement, Liberty merged with the Green Automotive Company (listed OTC in USA), but the previous general manager Ian Hobday remains as UK MD . The merger has allowed Liberty access to more capital and oversees markets. I have owned a LERR for more than 3 years. It's a brilliant vehicle easily able to match the capabilities and performance of it's ICE competitors, and was the first EV to do so. It's a very reliable, capable and environmentally friendly. Since you don't even own any EV, let alone produce one, what on earth gives you the presumption to sneer at men like Elon Musk, Barry Shrier and Ian Hobday who every day dedicate their time and money to produce EV's, while internet insects, like you can vent their spite about things they know nothing about ?
          Marco Polo
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Marco Polo
          @ danfred311 Yet, Ian Hobday has actually producing EV's for the last 6 years, which people buy, while you just sit in your bedroom criticising ! A Range Rover is the perfect rural vehicle to convert to an EV, as being a 4 wheel drive it's saves a lot of gasoline or diesel, while losing no off- road capacity. In 4 years, my LERR has been fantastically reliable, and saved a great deal of gasoline/diesel. You produce nothing at all, except annoy those who do ! When you build anything, even the smallest project successfully, you will have earned the right to criticise pioneers like Ian Hobday.
          danfred311
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Marco Polo
          A Range Rover is only perfect for one thing. Recycling. Even someone as mindless and dark as you should be able to spot that its aerodynamics is just short of ideal. With similarly moronic waste in every other aspect of its existence. It is the epitome of stupidity. Everything electric drive is not. Do tell me, o dark one, how many of these nitwit Range Rovers have they sold? 2? 3? 1?
          danfred311
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Marco Polo
          Like the dishonest person you are you pretended this was about Elon Musk. It's not. This is about 250k$ electric range rovers, which you are one of very very few fools to have bought. I get to criticize their strategies because I am right and they are wrong. Ian Hobday was ever so sure that these huge 250k$ turds was the way to go when I tried to talk sense into him. Not my idea syndrome. But if I'm so wrong, by all means, invest all your money in them. Couldn't happen to a better person.
      Losferatu
      • 6 Months Ago
      I dig it. Finally. a car that actually looks like it's from the 21st century
      Alan Ko
      • 6 Months Ago
      There is a well known design rule: if it's electric, it HAS to be ugly. Only Tesla didn't get the memo.
        Ziv
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Alan Ko
        I gave you a +1 but I get compliments on how my Volt looks all the time.
      Technoir
      • 6 Months Ago
      Looks cool! They should add real bumpers though, this one will scratch and dent in a day.
      ken
      • 6 Months Ago
      "Deliver has a minimum range of 62 miles and a top speed of 62 miles per hour." Sounds like someone just make up numbers as it goes.
        DarylMc
        • 1 Day Ago
        @ken
        What? Rounding it to 100 is pretty damn awesome if you live in the metric world:)
        ElectricAvenue
        • 6 Months Ago
        @ken
        Perhaps, but the numbers they made up are probably round ones: 62 (and a half) miles is 100 km.
      DarylMc
      • 6 Months Ago
      I'm going to rock the boat and say this looks futuristic. As someone who uses a van and commenting on the appearance only. The design is unusual for sure but I find it a bit more cohesive and at least as appealing as Nissans e-NV200 and Volkswagens e-Co-Motion. To me the Nissan front end leaves me wondering why and the VW mixes curves and trapezoids to bad effect. At the end of the day I suppose pricing, battery and motor specs will rule. In any case, none of these are vans you can go out and buy right now. So it's a bit of a guess what might be an acceptable appearance by the time they are actually available to purchase.
      Alan Ko
      • 6 Months Ago
      There is a well known design rule: if it's electric, it HAS to be ugly. Only Tesla didn't get the memo.
      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 6 Months Ago
      you think its unique? look up for nissan S-cargo.
      RC
      • 6 Months Ago
      They should hire Henrik Fisker to up the Deliver's style. I hear he has some free time.
      • 6 Months Ago
      It looks like the designer had a photo of a Beluga whale in his office when he/she came up with this...
      eideard
      • 6 Months Ago
      Always a battle between the Brits and Japan to design the ugliest cars. For decades.
        Daniel D
        • 1 Day Ago
        @eideard
        So which country designed and built the Pontiac Aztec again?
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