Electric Assisted Vehicles Limited (EAV), the Oxfordshire-based micro-mobility manufacturer, has delivered two new EAV2Cubed vehicles to the famous Oxford Covered Market as part of a £200,000 Government funded trial to new zero emissions delivery methods in the city.
Named Aria and Atlas by Oxford City Council, the two EAV2Cubed vehicles will be used by the various businesses of the Covered Market. As one of the rear cargo bays is refrigerated, it’ll be used for delivering fresh flowers, chocolate, meat and even artisan ice cream around the centre of Oxford.
The Zero Emission Zone Pilot will restrict polluting vehicles from key Oxford city centre streets during the day. Those who drive polluting vehicles into the zone will be charged, with the level of the charge dependent on how polluting the vehicle is. Traders in Oxford’s landmark market have been consulted on the scheme over the past few years. Under the scheme, zero emission vehicles, such as the EAV2Cubed, will not be charged to drive in the zone.
“The Oxford Covered Market is widely considered one of the most unique and well-known landmarks within Oxford City centre” said Adam Barmby, CEO and Founder of EAV. “The opportunity for EAV to supply these unique vehicles for the Covered Market traders to use is really exciting, especially as the company is based just outside the City in Upper Heyford. We’re now really looking forward to seeing the EAV vehicles regularly on the streets of Oxford where they’ll prove their extraordinary efficiency and help to keep pollution levels as well as congestion to the lowest possible levels.”
Data published last week found that the significant reductions in traffic caused by coronavirus pandemic resulted in a 29% improvement in air quality levels across Oxford to the lowest measure of air pollution since recording first began in 1996 and the equivalent reduction from 2009 to 2019.
Now, as Oxford emerges from the pandemic, the Council is exploring how it can learn from the lockdown period to ensure Oxford has the cleanest air possible.
“Oxford’s Covered Market is a jewel in the crown of the city centre and, opened in 1774, even predates the discovery of the United States.” stated Councillor Tom Hayes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Green Transport and Zero Carbon Oxford. “As Oxford prepares to become Britain’s first Zero Emission Zone, our historic city and treasured market is embracing a zero emissions future with the arrival of two new electric cargo bikes. Wherever you live in the city, you will be able to receive Covered Market goods to your door using zero emission deliveries, so please continue to shop at our wonderful home for independent businesses.”
According to Oxford’s most recent source apportionment study, the transport sector is the largest contributor of NOX emissions in the city, accounting for 68% emissions.
The EAV2Cubed vehicles will help to reduce the carbon footprint of the market, ease congestion in the city centre and will also contribute to the achievement of Oxford’s new proposed NO2 local target, which was set out in the city’s Air Quality Action Plan.
“It’s pleasing to see a highly progressive and environmentally proactive city such as Oxford take such a positive action to safeguard their people.” continued Adam Barmby. “We now hope that other cities will be committed enough to follow Oxford’s example and introduce EAV vehicles to help reduce and then maintain much better urban air quality for the future.
Electric Assisted Vehicles Limited, or ‘EAV’, was set up in 2018 having started developing a unique four-wheel e-cargo bicycle concept almost two years before that. We can all see where pollution has become a huge and worrying problem and, as a group of 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 was a vehicle conceived from a bicycle or tricycle which are both inherently unstable. EAV wanted something that any van driver wouldn’t mind using. Something that was highly practical, easy to use but still had all the things you need to do the job – whether it’s 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 has now produced something unique which includes their own patented engineering and software applications. The company has linked up with some key strategic and technical partners and produced a zero emissions vehicle that’s kind to the environment in as many ways as possible and with true eco-credentials but, at the same time, it does the job brilliantly and more efficiently than any 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 and even rural zero emissions transport.
EAV are based in Upper Heyford in Oxfordshire.
About the EAV 2Cubed:
Dry Weight: 95kgs (chassis only) 125kg (whole vehicle)
Max Rider: 100kgs
Max Payload: 150kgs
Max Gross Weight: 380kgs
Turning Circle: 4.6m
Assisted Speed: 15.5mph (25kmh)
Range: 18 – 60 miles at full assistance, constant top speed (battery size dependent)
Warranty: 12 months full warranty on electrical system, battery and motor. 24 months on chassis, mechanicals and bodywork.