Tachoblog’s all for stuff that saves money and if it’s good for the environment too then that’s even better.  News of a new, all-electric commercial vehicle is now available seems to tick both boxes so we had to find out more.

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Available from £30,000, the XT320E costs around half the price of the current 3.5t electric vans on the market – and can deliver better range on a single charge. It is the first of four XT vehicles on offer from UK electric vehicle specialist, ePower Trucks.

Speaking to Tachoblog, 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.”

Click below for the rest of what Jerry had to say and to see the truck itself…

“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.”

The standard XT320E electric LCV is capable of 60 miles on a full charge of its 13KwH battery pack and can carry a 1,000kg payload. The battery technology, which is adapted from successful military use, is maintenance-free and can operate at temperatures of up to -20℃. The packs can also be swapped out in less than 3 minutes, using a pallet truck.

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.

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‘Fuel’ costs are a little over 2p per mile, compared to around 22p per mile for a diesel 3.5t LCV operating in urban areas. Coupled with lower maintenance and service costs, the ePower Trucks vehicle can pay for itself in around four years, or three years if operated in the London Congestion Charge zone.

ePower Trucks is exhibiting the XT Series at the IOG SALTEX show at Royal Windsor Racecourse, 7-9 September, on Stand V12. For further details, contact Jerry Hanss on 0161 6269628 or visit the website, www.epowertrucks.co.uk.

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