Self-drive delivery van can be ‘built in four hours’
A self-drive electric delivery van, that could be on UK streets next year, has been unveiled at the Wired 2016 conference in London.
The vehicle’s stripped-back design and lightweight materials mean it can be assembled by one person in four hours, the firm behind it claims.
The vehicles will be “autonomous-ready”, for when self-drive legislation is in place, the firm said.
The government wants to see self-drive cars on the roads by 2020.
“We find trucks today totally unacceptable. Loud, polluting and unfriendly,” said Denis Sveerdlov, chief executive of Charge, the automotive technology firm behind the truck.
“We are making trucks the way they should be – affordable, elegant, quiet, clean and safe.”
He added: “We are removing all the barriers to entry for electric vehicles by pricing them in line with conventional trucks, giving every fleet manager, tradesperson or company, no matter how big or small, the opportunity to change the way they transport goods and make our towns and cities better places to live in.”
Charge plans to develop trucks in a range of sizes from 3.5 to 26 tonnes and is in talks with the major truck fleet firms.
DHL has previously said of the firm: “We see huge potential in the contribution they can make to advancing technology for commercial usages and the way we envisage the future of logistics.”
The vehicles will be built using ultra-lightweight composite materials that significantly reduce the weight of the vehicle, it said.