Electric Assisted Vehicles Limited (EAV), the Oxfordshire-based sustainable zero-emissions vehicles manufacturers, are preparing to deliver six EAVH2Cubed (the ‘H2’ acknowledges the fuel cell system) eCargo bikes to the City of Aberdeen as part of a unique engineering and operations trial using hydrogen fuel cell powered eCargo bikes.
Investment in the ground-breaking project has come from the European Union and the Scottish Government and is being managed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR).
The project brings together a range of impressive partners including DPD Group, H2Range (an affiliate of DLR), Unicorn Energy, Energy Expo and Brussels University. The aim of the programme, which will start in 2022, is to validate the use of hydrogen fuel cells for sustainable last mile deliveries and clean, healthy and liveable cities.
“The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, delivered a speech at the Dubai Expo saying that the UK will be taking a global lead in developing hydrogen-powered transport.” said Nigel Gordon-Stewart, Executive Chairman of EAV.
“Nowhere is the use of hydrogen fuel cells in lightweight vehicles more effective than within the urban environment. The mid and last mile in goods transport are the two key areas which create a significant proportion of traffic volume and emissions in towns and cities.
“It’s this critical area that EAV is concentrating on with its range of Transport Future Vision vehicles, the EAV2Cubed and the EAV LINCS. We plan to offer both vehicles with a proven hydrogen solution.”
EAV has significant concerns over the physical weight of the increasing number of battery-powered vehicles and the company questions both where all these batteries are going to come from and the infrastructure and ecological impact of Battery Electric Vehicles.
“It’s a simple fact that the raw materials for battery production are in short supply.” commented Adam Barmby, CEO and Founder of EAV. “EAV focuses on weight reduction, so we use less energy and therefore require less batteries. To take this process even further, we wanted to work on developing a hydrogen fuel cell option for our EAV2Cubed eCargo bikes and our new LINCS van platform and deploy the cleanest, lightest and most efficient vehicles to enhance the urban environment for its communities. We’re also working on a commercial package for green hydrogen production at source which we’ll be announcing in the New Year.”
The EAVH2Cubed fuel cell design will run with fewer batteries as the electricity comes from the hydrogen reaction and doesn’t need as much electrical energy storage.
This reduces the overall vehicle weight and therefore the impact the vehicle makes on the urban environment as well as the production of highly dangerous tyre and brake particulate emissions which is significantly reduced. The only by-product of the energy producing reaction is water, which is about as environmentally friendly as possible.
“The City of Aberdeen Hydrogen eCargo project is a first stepping-stone towards the commercialisation of green hydrogen through EAV’s urban hydrogen transport strategy.” continued Gordon-Stewart.
“That strategy, being developed by us and our strategic technology partners, is a key part of our Transport Futures Vision and this latest support from the Minister for Transport is an enthusiastic endorsement of EAV’s strategy and a significant step towards a clean, safe, brighter and better urban future for cities and towns worldwide.”
Electric Assisted Vehicles Limited – or “EAV” – was created in 2018 having started developing a unique four-wheel eCargo bicycle concept almost two years before as part of a Future Transport Vision based on lightweight, environmental focus, sustainability and efficiency.
We can all see where pollution has become a huge and worrying problem and, as a group of ex-F1 and aerospace engineers, EAV’s founders had looked at transport in detail and seen what was really needed to reduce emissions as well as what was simply inefficient. So, EAV was formed to design and build lightweight, zero emissions eCargo and personal transport vehicles to be manufactured in the UK.
What EAV didn’t want though were vehicles conceived from a bicycle or tricycle which are both inherently unstable. EAV wanted something that could become the cultural norm quite quickly. Something that was highly practical, easy to use but still had all the things you need to do the job – whether it’s last mile deliveries or being a paramedic, electrician or policeman. Adaptability and modularity were our two starting points for intelligent and innovatively considered design and engineering solutions.
EAV is now producing unique vehicles which include their own patented engineering and software applications. The company has linked with some key strategic and technical partners and is producing zero emissions vehicles which are kind to the environment in as many ways as possible and with true eco-credentials but, at the same time, it does the job more efficiently than any legacy engineered van. From biodegradable composite bodywork to a simple-to-recycle mild steel chassis and major componentry. EAV has been considered as a safe and future-proof solution to urban, inter-urban and even rural zero emissions transport.
EAV are based in Upper Heyford in Oxfordshire.