The English start-up Watt EV will not be satisfied with its coupé inspired by the Porsche 356. It is now arriving on the utility market with the eCV1. A mini Tesla Semi?
Upon its presentation, Watt EV (or WEVC – Watt EV Company) had specified that its coupe with the look of Porsche 356 was mainly intended to show the flexibility of its platform, which the company also offers to other manufacturers. A real challenge in a British market rich in very small manufacturers who cannot afford the development of their own electric platform.
Based on this in-house platform called PACES (Passenger And Commercial EV Skateboard), Watt EV has developed its eCV1 utility. It is still in the prototype state, and even here simple 3D renderings. Production is expected to begin in 2024, at a plant planned to produce 5,000 units per year. For the moment, the vehicle bears the Watt EV logo, but the company also offers to produce it in “white label” (as in household appliances) for any other interested company.
From the outset, this Watt EV eCV1 is positioned as a mini Tesla Semi in its style with its large windshield and narrow front pillars. It also adopts the principle of a driving position in the center. Depending on the need, the cabin can be configured for 1 to 3 occupants. For the rear part, four versions are envisaged, a classic van, a large volume van, a platform with sides and a cab chassis. The latter can be ordered in various lengths by specialists in complementary adaptations.
The platform, made up of extruded aluminum profiles and laser-cut and bent aluminum panels, accommodates a Cell-to-chassis type battery. The cells are therefore directly installed at the chassis level, without the intermediate stages of the module and the pack. The 110 kWh capacity is supposed to achieve a range of 460 km. The platform is also compatible with traction, propulsion or 4-wheel drive applications, but Watt EV does not yet communicate any power figures.
Watt EV presents its eCV1 electric utility