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Partnership 'heralds new era for electric light commercial vehicles'

Signing the memorandum of understanding (MoU) are Ronan Hamill (right) from Jans Group and Neil Yates of WECV
Signing the memorandum of understanding (MoU) are Ronan Hamill (right) from Jans Group and Neil Yates of WECV Signing the memorandum of understanding (MoU) are Ronan Hamill (right) from Jans Group and Neil Yates of WECV

COMMERCIAL vehicle specialist ETRUX and electric vehicle pioneers Watt Electric Vehicle Company (WEVC) are joining forces on a project to revolutionise the adoption of electric light vehicles by fleet managers in the UK and Europe and the release of an engineered prototype at next month's CV Show in Birmingham.

Their respective chief executives have signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing to a business relationship which will see WEVC’s unique light vehicle platforms adapted by ETRUX (www.etrux.co.uk) into a range of offerings for the commercial vehicle market.

“This is a turning point for commercial vehicles,” according to Ronan Hamill, chief executive of ETRUX parent company Jans Group.

“This is a business partnership which has the potential to change the electric light vehicle commercial market.

“We will adapt WEVC’s platform into a ground-breaking and truly viable range of electric vehicle alternatives for fleet managers, and our partnership will help speed the transition of commercial light vehicles from diesel fuelled to zero carbon.”

The light commercial vehicle (LCV) market is set to grow this year to a market value of more than £13 billion, according to the Society of Motor Manufactures and Traders.

Neil Yates, chief executive at WEVC, added “We are delighted to be working with a company which offers the engineering skills, innovative materials and depth of understanding that will deliver an outstanding range of electric commercial vehicles to the market.

“This is an exciting time for us as we take the first steps in seeing our innovative electric light commercial vehicle platform, codenamed eCV1, adapted for widespread commercial use.”

The first prototype borne out of the new partnership will be revealed at the ETRUX stand at the Commercial Vehicle Show at the Birmingham NEC from April 18-20.