The InnoVan IPS was bought at the beginning of 2007 from ITS. A prototype was tested during the second half of 2007 and when they defined the car's BOM (bill of materials), together with PDE Automotive in Helmond (in the Netherlands). Duracar completed its management team January 1st, so they could start the company's business plans which will also include promotional materials (which we're waiting for) and a new website
DuraCar Holding is now at a point where they will build the first five second-generation new prototypes for testing and, after 3 months, a small series of 30 vans which have already been sold to a single customer. DuraCar Holding plans to make this a large-scale test which will lead to build more vehicles by the end of the year.
What's battery technology will they use? They want to test different types: traditional lead, a new lead battery, Li-ion, LiFePO4 and even fuel cells. Mr. Boosten stated that the most important thing right now was to get the vehicles on the road and experience what happens in real life, rather than just do lab testing.
Regarding the body, Mr. Boosted told us that it was currently being further developed by a number of companies, including the one that builds the DAF SpaceFrame. The current fiber is still a bit too heavy for its purposes, so during this year the car will most probably change a couple of times and the first vehicles will not be completely built according to all the hoped-for specs.
Duracar wants to sell a electric-driven light-weight recyclable fiber utility van that's under 850 kilograms (1,874 pounds) including battery, has a range of 150 km (90 miles) and is able to reach 120 km/h (75 mph). Payload is also an important requirement, as the van should be able to carry 600 kg (1,322) pounds, making this a vehicle suitable for inner city delivery.
[Thanks to Guido Boosten, Duracar's CMO for all this information]