Watt’s electric van with central steering position unveiled

Watt Electric Vehicle Company (WEVC) has unveiled the production version of its eCV1 electric van. It features cell-to-frame technology, a central seating position for the driver, and a flexible skateboard platform to offer professionals a complete range of body styles. But two critical questions remain the price… and the range.

WEVC, founded in 2019, first appeared on the scene in 2021 with its ‘Spaces’ EV platform. It showcased a Porsche 356 replica that featured a low weight of under 1,000 kg, even with an electric drivetrain and a 40 kWh battery. The British firm hopes to use these same strengths in the commercial vehicle segment.


After showing a concept version at the 2023 CV Show in the UK, the production version of the WEVC eCV1 is now ready. It is based on the Passenger And Commercial EV Skateboard (PACES) platform, which features cell-to-frame technology, which means the battery cells are an integral part of the chassis, saving weight and improving rigidity.

These weight savings improve range, which WEVC claims to be 370 km from a 110 kWh battery pack, and it is also primordial for the eCV1’s payload. The light commercial vehicle will be available in 3.5-ton and 4.5-ton versions, with a payload of up to 1,750 kg for the latter. This puts it in the same ballpark as diesel-powered vans.

Central seating position

The eCV1 also features a flexible body style thanks to the skateboard platform. Customers can choose Chassis Cab, Drop-Side (pick-up), Panel Van, and Luton Van (box truck) shapes. The cab can be configured with 1, 2, or 3 seats, with the driver placed centrally. A high roof means the driver can get in and out easily on both sides, especially for delivery purposes.

WEVC claims that deliveries of the eCV1 will be able to commence in 2026.


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