Students help design new electric delivery vehicle

Students from Warwick University in England have designed a new electric delivery vehicle in association with design company, Astheimer.

The Deliver-E is based on the platform of the electric Renault Twizy and is fitted with a 48-volt 6.5kWh battery system with a peak power of 36kW. It has an open-platform vehicle control system with a touchscreen interface.

The battery system is the first module produced by the Warwick Manufacturing Group’s (WMG) new automated battery production line for electric vehicles. WMG is the university’s own industrial innovation project, charged with creating a UK supply chain for hybrid and electric vehicle battery packs.

Professor Dave Greenwood of WMG, said, “It’s great to be able to showcase some of the technologies that we’re working on in a real driveable vehicle – this really helps us bring home the benefits of the technologies we develop at WMG, and helps the industry see how they may adopt them.”

Astheimer helped develop the WMG concept, incorporating three basket-sized storage areas in the rear. It created new body panels for the vehicle, along with programmable LED pixel strips, which can change colour for brake and indicator lights.

Astheimer’s Founder and Creative Director, Carsten Astheimer, said, “The Deliver-E is the result of an intensive 10-week collaborative project between Astheimer and WMG to design and build an electric delivery vehicle prototype.”

“We are working on several projects at the forefront of electric transportation and autonomous technology, anticipating the future of mobility, which will be dominated by electric vehicles as emission controls tighten and on-line acquisitions increase.”