Pioneering U.K. zero emission vehicle manufacturer Modec officially opened a new factory in March. The company's battery powered Modec utility vehicle provides the worldâ€™s first high performance, emission free alternative to traditional diesel delivery fleets and has been heralded as the future of urban commercial transport.
Like all electric vehicles the Modec is quiet, and fuel efficient. It also has the advantage of being emissions tax free and London congestion tax free. Around 500 Modec vehicles are expected to be produced in the first year of production.
The Modec's batter is capable of traveling 100 miles at its maximum speed of 50mph after an overnight charge. Regenerative braking returns some charge to the Sodium Nickel Chloride batteries under light braking. Torque from the engine is strong at 300Nm, and the vehicle is designed for exceptional commercial practicality with a best-in-class turning circle and extremely quiet operation.
Modec is a private company founded by Jamie Borwick, deputy chairman of the British Lung Foundation whose vision is to manufacture a practical vehicle to help businesses tackle the growing climate change crisis. The company has made its home in the Midlands, the UK automotive heartland, where its arrival heralds a welcome reversal in the regionâ€™s manufacturing fortunes. Modec now employs ten ex-Peugeot factory staff and a former Jaguar apprentice amongst its 100-strong team.
On a life cycle cost or dollar-per-mile basis the Modec is comparable in running costs to a conventional diesel equivalent. The vehicles cost from Â£25,000 ($50,000.00 US) depending on the model. A unique feature is that the battery is provided on a monthly rental basis. Via: Gizmag
written by Hank, May 04, 2007
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