British-owned INDe EV is powering ahead with the launch of its all-electric van, designed and manufactured in the UK.
The company is sourcing sustainable parts closer to its base in Hailsham, East Sussex, in an effort to reduce the risk of supply chain and transport delays and the impact of rising freight costs.
An exclusive agreement with Atlis, a company developing superior battery technology, means the INDe EV battery can be fully charged in just 15 minutes.
The INDe EV van was unveiled at the British Motor Show on August 18 2022. The aerodynamic design of the van and its long range means drivers can go the extra mile for less.
The company was formed in June 2021 after its founders were frustrated by the wait for components from the Far East. Their first vehicle, a light commercial fully-electric van, was designed in the UK in partnership with the academics at the University of Brighton. The driver’s needs are put first, with optimised cabin space and a commanding driving position that’s comfortable for users of all sizes.
The INDe EV is an adaptable modular van, with an adjustable platform and the ability to change the cargo box. The initial payload will be one tonne with a generous cargo space of 4.5m3. A 60kWh battery will take you up to 230 miles, with a top speed of 75mph depending on the load factor.
INDe EV’s CEO Tony Hayes said: “The INDe EV project puts drivers first. The concept, design and manufacture all started with the end user in mind. At INDe EV, we are on an indefatigable quest for perfection and engineering excellence. We have considered the driver experience, the practicality of the vehicle and its suitability to the modern world. The INDe EV embraces sustainability while proving to be a cost-effective and practical solution.”
The INDe EV van will be competitively priced and is expected to be in full production by April 2023.
New production facilities are being built in Hailsham with support from East Sussex County Council, with more micro-factories planned across the UK creating more than 350 new jobs and producing more than 11,000 vehicles per year.
Electric van expert Paul Kirby of EV Essentials said: “It is so important that good ideas come to life and get delivered and that is exactly what has happened with this van from INDe EV. From a great idea 14 months ago, to a potential game changing van, that can be configured to many use cases with the driver at the heart of the development, today! This is British innovation at its finest. I cannot wait to see this van hit the market in earnest.”
Image courtesy of INDe EV.