Have you ever been stuck driving behind a delivery van?
It’s the worst! So much stopping, starting, idling, and usually big wafts of exhaust coming out the tailpipe to match.
Frequent stops and idling require commercial delivery vehicles to waste heaps of petrol. That’s why Amazon is ordering 100 electric vans by Mercedez-Benz to add to its delivery fleet in 2019.
Not to be outdone, the international electronics powerhouse Bosch is releasing two engine products for small electric utility vehicles. Could we really be heading into an all-electric car era?
It’s clear more people than ever are open to the idea of electric vehicles. Whether they genuinely care about reducing emissions or just want to look good for their customers, we’re not complaining. Progress is progress, after all.
Read on to learn more about how Bosch Electronics is helping commercial businesses go green.
Small Electric Utility Vehicles Race for Customers
Tesla helped changed the way consumers look at electric cars. But new electric vehicles for commercial purposes are still in developmental infancy. An order of 100 electric vans is a huge win for Mercedez-Benz.
It’s clear Amazon sticks to their values and wants to implement electric SUVs into their soon-to-come delivery service. So, which companies are going to be ready to meet that demand? A proper delivery fleet will require thousands of vans and trucks.
Delivery companies aren’t the only massive corporations interested in buying up electric vehicles. Major metropolitan areas have started offering better routes, preferred parking, and even tax incentives to companies that implement energy efficient vehicles.
Competitors, start your engines.
Other Electric Commerical Delivery Vehicles So Far
Nissan just hired Margot Robbie to promote the new e-NV200. The all-electric van has a towing capacity of 430kg and extended range of 280km on a single charge.
As mentioned, Mercedez-Benz created new all-electric vans and is promising to offer electric drive in existing products. Besides that, there aren’t many other small electric utility vehicles to speak of.
A good delivery fleet will need to tow heavy goods to warehouses though, right? Current runners for best electric work trucks are:
- ABLE by Tropos Motors
- GEM eL XD by Polaris
- XUV865M Cab by John Deere
- Electric Bubble Buddy LSV by Moto
- Carryall 710 LSV by Club Car
- ParCar Summit Utilitruck by Columbia
Let’s see what Bosch is bringing to the table.
Bosch Presents: eAxle
Bosch doesn’t make its own cars from start to finish. Instead, they create parts for the companies who do.
The eAxle drive system is a cost-effective option for both fully electric and hybrid vehicles. What sets eAxle apart is how compact it is.
eAxle is an electric motor, power electronics, and transmission combined as one unit to power whatever axle they’re attached to. Compared to anything else out there, this power chain system is lightweight and more efficient (read: “cheaper”).
The beauty of such a compact system is how much less energy it requires for the same functions as other drive systems. It’s hard to list eAxle’s specifications since the size and function of the rest of the vehicle will dictate Km per charge and towing strength. In fact, the eAxle is designed to be a flexible manufacturing product with a spectrum of uses.
Bosch plans on marketing the eAxle drive system to everyone in the EV industry. Expect to see this drive system in anything from electric sports cars to light towing vehicles.
Bosch Presents: Electric Drive Module
For automotive companies that want to start offering hybrid options, enter the Electric Drive Module.
Like the eAxle, the Electric Drive Module is a combination of otherwise bulky parts that help streamline the electric vehicle drive process. The Electric Drive Module, however, is just the motor and electronics permanently attached in one device. It’s designed to easily fit alongside most pre-existing transmission systems.
This modular design makes it as easy as possible for automotive companies to incorporate energy efficient features in their best selling vehicles. It can be installed on the front or rear axle of fully electric or hybrid cars of any size.
There’s much to be said for products that remove the need for bulky components like cooling systems and high-voltage cables. By reducing costs of automobile electric systems, Bosch could be handing the automotive industry the tools they need to make EV accessible to everyone.
The eAxle and Electric Drive Module can be seen IAA 2017 in Hannover, Germany and EICMA in Milano, Italy. If Bosch can generate enough interest, the electric SUV industry is about to see tons of growth.
New Electric Vehicles Deliver Change
Energy conscious brands like Amazon are driving up demands for small electric utility vehicles. Barring any major catastrophe, we can expect a wide variety of fully-electric and hybrid sprinter vans on the streets soon.
To recap, Mercedez-Benz and Nissan Leaf are offering two competitive choices for sleek, powerful electric delivery vans.
There are plenty of smaller businesses and startups attempting to create the first truly great electric towing truck. They have yet to capture any major corporate attention, but Tropos Motors hopes to make waves with its new ABLE model.
Regardless of vehicle size, German engineering powerhouse Bosch is now producing EV power systems more streamlined and compact than ever.
Bosch’s eAxle combines a motor, electronics, and transmission all in one. Similarly, the Electronic Drive System permanently attaches a motor and electronics able to be installed next to any transmission.
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