As the demand for 3 wheeler electric cargo vehicles in India is picking pace, electric vehicle companies in India are coming up with models that charge quickly and require less downtime. The driving range of electric vehicles has always been a major cause of concern. Especially for 3-wheeler electric cargo vehicles, as commercial vehicles need to be on the road for long hours and require sufficient load capacity. Commercial 3-wheeler electric vehicles in India today have a longer range and at least one of them can now be charged from 0 to 100% within 15 minutes. Let us look at the features of a few electric load 3-wheelers and the range that they offer on one single charge.
Piaggio Ape E-Xtra:Charging time 3.45 hours. Range - 90 kms
The Piaggio Ape E-Xtra FX is an electric three-wheeler cargo powered by a 8 kwh battery pack. It can be charged from 0 to 100% in 3.45 hours. It offers a top speed of 45 km/h and a range of 90 km on a single charge. The vehicle can carry a payload of 506 kg.
Mahindra Treo Zor: Charging time 3.5 hours. Range: 80 kms
The electric load auto from Mahindra has 3 models. All the 3 models are powered by a lithium-ion 7.37 kwh battery pack, which can be charged in 3.50 hours. The electric 3-wheeler has a top speed of 50 km/h and a typical driving range of 80 km. It offers a payload of 550 kg.
Euler Hi load EV : Another regular on roads, the Euler HiLoad EV runs on a 12.4 kWh battery pack and takes about 4 hrs to charge fully. This electric three wheeler cargo has a range of 150 km with a top speed of 42 kmph. It can carry a payload of 688kgs.
Altigreen neEV: Charging time: 3.5 hours. Range : 151 kms.
neEV Tez- Charging time - 15 minutes. Range- 98 kms
The Altigreen neEVs are fast gaining popularity in the cargo delivery segment. The technologically advanced electric three wheeler cargos are powered by a 8.2 kwh electric drivetrain. Moreover, the vehicles offer a 550 kg payload capacity, 220mm ground clearance, 18% gradeability and a top speed of 53 km/h. What works in favour of the electric three wheeler cargo is the charging time and the range. After charging the EV 3-wheeler for 3.5 hours, it can cover at least 151 km on a full charge. Recently, Altigreen has partnered with Exponent Energy to build a battery pack that will rapidly charge EVs from 0 to 100% within 15 minutes.
The range and charging time were some of the major hurdles in the adoption of electric goods vehicles in India. Aggressive research and development in the field have put improvised electric 3-wheeler cargo vehicles on the road that require lesser charging time and promising a longer range.