Delivery trucks normally spend as much time idling at drop-off locations as they do actually driving down neighborhood streets, wasting fuel in the process. California’s Enova Systems has the answer with its Ze electric delivery truck.
The Ze is powered by the Enova Drive System, which combines an electric motor with almost any storage system. Enova says it can use batteries, fuel cells, or internal-combustion engines. Using the battery pack, the Enova Ze can travel up to 150 miles on a single charge and takes 6 to 8 hours to recharge fully.
The Enova Drive System was designed as a drop-in unit, meaning that it can be retrofitted to just about any existing delivery-truck frame. Customers can order a fully built truck as well. This system is also suitable for use in mid-size buses and light trucks, since its electric motor puts out 162 hp (120 kW) 480 lb-ft (650 Nm) of torque.
In addition to building a delivery-truck package, Enova also makes electric drive systems for bigger vehicles, including large trucks and full-size buses. The electric motor used in these applications puts out 322 hp (240 kW) and an astounding 960 lb-ft (1300 Nm) of torque. Enova doesn’t give any range estimates for its large-truck application, however.
Enova also hasn’t revealed pricing information for its Ze delivery truck and other electric drive vehicles, but all are available for order today. Enova also builds an electric drive system for light-vehicle applications.