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

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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