On a recent trip to southwest Germany I spotted this vehicle on a used-car dealer’s yard: an Aixam Mega Van.
You can read about the vehicle here. The range was launched in 2006 and features a choice of electric or diesel engines. The bodywork is made of recyclable and dent-proof polyethylene. The e-Van is the electrical version and the details can be found here. There are three battery pack options. The three battery packs are composed of 36 2-volt open lead elements for power of 8.6 kWh, 11.5 kWH and 17.3 kWH.
From a materials view point, the Mega shows that Chrysler’s 1997 CCV concept car had some plausible aspects that could easily have seen production from more than a specialist commercial vehicle producer like Aixam. One also might wonder why Tata went down the road it did with the Nano which used conventional steel construction and was very much smaller than the Chrysler.
The range of the Aixam vehicles is 70 to 110 km, which is not bad. For a closed-traffic site that would amount to a very useful recharge interval. In some markets one of the appeals of these vehicles is the fact you can drive them without a full licence.