En-Veco conversion nearly doubles e-NV200 load volume
A fully electric Nissan e-NV200 van with high-volume Voltia body is to be assembled and marketed in the UK by En-Veco, a new business unit created by Bevan Group to provide emissions-reducing truck and van conversions.
En-Veco (an abbreviation of ‘environmental vehicle conversions’) said the Slovakian-developed conversion of the e-NV200 was ideally suited to last-mile deliveries in urban areas. The 2.2-tonne GVW vehicle features walk-in rear doors and a load volume of 8cu m – around twice that of a standard e-NV200. The vehicle’s maximum payload is 580kg and range is 200km. A lower-roof, 6cu m variant is also available.
The e-NV200 Voltia comes with an 80kW electric motor and a 40kWh lithium-ion battery that can be charged to 80% in as little as 50 minutes using a DC fast charger.
Bevan Group sales director Roy Shelton told CM the company already had six 8cu m demo vehicles available with two 6cu m ones on the way.
Bevan’s En-Veco subsidiary also offers a bodybuilding service covering other chassis with gas or battery power, including hybrids. Its range of dry freight bodies includes curtainsiders, boxes, Lutons and dropsides. All are covered by a five-year guarantee.
The operation will also source and fit ancillary equipment such as tail-lifts, cranes and roller shutter doors, as well as roof-mounted solar panels, and take care of the type approval process for electric and gas-powered vans, if required.
HGV driver caught watching Dr Who on motorway
Police have expressed concern at the “reckless” and “worrying” actions of HGV drivers they caught on motorways using face time and watching TV programmes behind the wheel.
Warwickshire force conducted a five-day operation on the county’s motorways and detected almost 200 offences by drivers.
However, they said 42% of the offences identified were drivers of HGVs and they said behaviours needed to change.
Two lorry drivers were filmed using face time while driving on the M40. Another was seen watching Dr Who whilst his phone was in a cradle in front of him.
Both of these drivers and the haulage companies they work for have been reported to the Traffic Commissioner, in addition to the courts.
Sgt Carl Stafford from the commercial vehicle unit CVU said: “Although the figures are a great representation of the worth of the HGV in helping to keep our roads safe, such reckless actions as using face time whilst driving and the high number of offences detected is worrying.
“The two most prominent offences detected over this operation were failure to wear a seat belt (62 offences) and using a mobile phone and we are asking the minority of people who commit these offences to please change their behaviour.
“To hold a driving licence is a privilege and a responsibility, especially those driving larger commercial vehicles, and we will continue to focus our enforcement activities on drivers who are putting themselves and the public at risk on our roads.”