The Swedish electric vehicle manufacturer Clean Motion has presented the Re:volt, a small electric delivery vehicle with a solar roof.
The new van for the last mile is supposed to offer a range of up to 400 kilometers and go into production from autumn 2022. The range specification includes 100 to 130 kilometers due to electricity generation via the vehicle’s solar roof. So when the sun is not shining, the radius is much more limited.
The Swedish company gives a range of 70 to 280 kilometers without solar support. According to the Clean Motion website, pre-orders for the Re:volt will be accepted “soon”. The manufacturer is already quoting a price of “from 9,000 euros ($10,500)”.
Weighing only 250 kilograms, the Re:volt can carry a maximum load of 700 kilograms. The vehicle makers say this model is small on the outside but big on the inside and describe the design is simple and functional. Thanks to the modular design, the vehicle can be easily configured according to the customer wishes.
“We are not alone in integrating solar panels into vehicles. What is unique is the energy efficiency of our vehicles, which means that the solar roof can make them self-sufficient in energy,” says Göran Folkesson, Managing Director of Clean Motion. “It also means that with only 40 kg of batteries we can offer a range of 280 km, which will suit northern latitudes where the sun is not a reliable energy source.”
The company’s management team sees potential for the Re:volt especially in urban goods distribution.
“The market for environmentally-friendly last-mile deliveries is huge and rapidly growing, but the range of vehicles that can really replace the old fossil-fuelled vans is not that exciting,” Folkesson elaborates. With Re:volt, he says, the company wants to change the image of what a small electric vehicle can do.
Production of the Re:volt is expected to start in autumn 2022. Clean Motion is currently looking for companies with different transport needs to give feedback and contribute to the adaptation of final details. We are looking forward to seeing them on the roads.