An electric tricycle with the cargo capacity of a small van is about to go on sale in the UK, aimed at urban and last-mile deliveries.
The Danish-built Trefor TRIPL is emissions free and low on noise, making it the ideal vehicle for use in major cities.
The trike has a top speed of 28mph – fast enough for most congested urban roads – and will run for up to 60 miles per day on one charge. A full charge could take up to eight hours using a traditional three-pin 240v socket, but can be achieved much more quickly where fast charging networks exist.
It is powered by an 8KW/h Samsung lithium-ion battery and also features a 12V power outlet. The load bay is 1.25 metres long, 0.9 metres wide and 0.7 metres deep and has a volume of 750 litres, along with a 200kg payload.
Much like a standard small van, it can be adapted to suit all sorts of operational uses, with racking, heated and refrigerated load bays and an urban waste collection function.
The TRIPL was previewed at Transport for London’s LoCity event in the capital last month, and proved to be such a significant draw that Trefor has confirmed plans to sell the quirky commercial in the UK.
The company is said to be in talks with potential operators and is actively recruiting servicing, parts and leasing partners, with the first TRIPLs expected to go into service later in the summer.