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Arrival, CityFreighter, B-On… Are they the electric LCV of the future?

According to recent research by the European NGO Transport and Environment (T&E), which is very active in promoting electric cars, Electric vehicles They will already be much more attractive than their thermal counterparts in terms of TCO (Total Cost of Ownership). despite A still high purchase costThis work highlights a Much more attractive cost of use With a cost per kilometer 25% lower than the diesel equivalent. ” A light electric utility in the market today costs Rs.34 400 Euro (on average, editor’s note) while a heavy electric utility claims 52 900 Euro though these electric utilities are 40 to 55 % more expensive than their diesel counterparts, this face value is more than offset by lower running costs », the organization considers. In a context that is more hostile to the use of petrol or diesel, these low emission models benefit from lower maintenance costs and even lower insurance premiums. But it is still necessary to actually convince professionals that the commitment to autonomy is met. Because most manufacturers admit it: today they are not capable Respond to all usage and requests According to their customers, T&E averages 192 km per charge for the light model and 133 km for the heavier model. Lack of offer thus seems to be the main reason Weak growth in electric SUV sales. A situation where New in the market intend to remedy. Over the years, we have seen the number of new brands multiply, which promise a greener future for utility vehicles, thanks to their capacity for innovation and their specialization in 100% electric vehicles.


Among these newcomers, there are two categories: those who have acted quickly and are already marketing an electric utility vehicle, and those who are still only at the prototype stage. First, we can mention the new Chinese brand Ceres, owned by the Dongfeng Group, and whose operations in France have been accelerating for a year now. Specializing in 100% electric vehicles, it also sells cars but – perhaps even less well known – utility vehicles. The 4.5 m long and 1.6 m wide compact van is available in 2- or 5-seater configurations offering 4.8 m3 cargo space. Its 81 hp electric motor combined with a 42 kWh battery gives it a range of 330 km in the city, its favorite terrain, starting at 22,490 euros without tax.

The other brand that has been targeted is not strictly speaking a new thing as it has been around for seven years already, but the recent acquisition of the company Odin-Automotive Willing to give it a new impetus. In fact, Deutsche Post DHL Group announced earlier in the year that it would divest from its electric delivery vehicle business street scooter. The brand – recently renamed B-On – is experiencing a second birth under the direction of Stefan Krause, an automotive expert who has worked for companies as diverse as the BMW Group, Rolls-Royce and Fisker. The range currently consists of three vehicles: the Max chassis-cab version, the Max Box which offers 8 m3 and the Giga Box which offers 12 m3. Fully electric, they offer autonomy between 130 and 160 km, which remains quite limited it must be admitted. This is where B-On comes in as manufacturers look to improve the capabilities of models as well as speed up production. Between 2015 and 2021, more than 22,000 vehicles were delivered to various customers, of which around 17,000 were handled by German Post. To meet the growing demand, up 1 000 vehicles per month Will be produced from August 2022. The brand also signed, last March, “ A partnership with Canadian last-mile company GoFor to supply electric vehicles to its delivery fleet as early as 2023. The company is currently working on launching a Complete suite of electrification servicesIncluding charging infrastructure, service and maintenance, driver training, financing and insurance and more on an advisory basis to help owners simplify and streamline the transition to electric vehicles for their fleets “, we said.

>> Read more: Odin Automotive goes B-on

… and promises

The future is also full of promise as several recently formed manufacturers are announcing the arrival of their 100% electric models on our roads for 2023. This is especially true of Americans CityFreter and British the arrival. The first was the CF1 car. With a lithium-ion battery pack with a capacity of 86 kWh, the model should reach a range of 240 km. The California-based brand is targeting profitability in 2024 and has set targets to achieve it Volume of 30 000 vehicles by 2027. Its English competitor, the christened Arrival, is in the production phase of pre-series prototypes that will be used for approval with the start of series production scheduled for the third quarter of this year. 3.5 to 4.25 tons of utility with body” Shape memory », allowing to avoid all distortions due to shocks below 16 km/h, its range can exceed 350 km. ” Europe and France are the main markets for arrivals, which has already signed a partnership with long-term rental company LeasePlan to launch Arrival vans in Europe The partnership is based on an initial order of 3 000 the van “, clarifying the brand. In total, the manufacturer has registered 134,000 pre-orders worldwide, a figure that also includes UPS’s commitment of 10,000 vehicles.

>> Read more: Arrival vans tested by Fraikin

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