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Fiat’s Electric Delivery Truck

Posted By G Living Staff Monkies On August 3, 2008 @ 8:11 pm In Alternative Vehicles | 1 Comment

You probably heard about Tom Hanks and his Scion eBox, the electric car he uses to help friends move. But he might want to check this out: Fiat has introduced an electric delivery truck that beats the eBox’s charge time.

Check out Tom’s Scion.

AltairNano, Aerovironment, Go Green Holding, and Micro-Vett have come together with Fiat to create the Dovolo, a station wagon sized delivery vehicle with a 5-person capacity. Recently tested in Norway and currently available only in Europe, the Dovolo can run a delivery route of up to 200 miles, only requiring three stops for an approximately 10 minute re-charge each time. Other electric cars on the market have a re-charge time of around 6 hours, but they’re not equipped with AltairNano’s fancy lithium ion packs.

There is a catch to this perfect sounding vehicle, however; it needs a special high-energy power station to re-charge. And unfortunately, that type of infrastructure doesn’t exist here in the USA. Europe, on the other hand, is running circles around us, EV-wise. While not the normal charging station, this technology is moving forward, especially in über EV-friendly Norway .

While it would be great to see this type of car made available in the U.S. — I’d certainly trade my hybrid in for one — in order for this to take off here, our petroleum hungry government would have to be willing to replace our gas stations with power stations. And I don’t see that happening in the near future.

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