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Sunday, December 30, 2007
Modec Electric Commercial Vehicle
Image: courtesy of Modec Limited (www.modecZEV.com)

Modec - 'Quietly Changing The World'

Things are looking extra green for Modec these days. On May 31, 2007 the first Modec Tesco zero emissions vans were put into service at the new Tesco Extra environmental store in Shrewsbury in the United Kingdom. Tesco, a very large supermarket chain in the UK was the first company to order a fleet of the 15 vans off Modec for their Tesco.com delivery service last February 2007.

Modec officially commenced vehicle production in the Midlands, UK on March 8th, 2007. They have already received numerous electric vehicle awards and more companies and city councils in United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the United States are expressing an interest in buying fleets of the vans for their daily operations. In August the City of London (Transport for London) became home to 23 Modec vans for cleaning and maintenance operations, having been purchased by the Amey and AccordMP companies for their contracts with the City.

The Modec Electric Van (Commercial Vehicle) has been designed from the ground up as a fully electric rechargeable commercial (van) producing zero emissions. Modec started with the constraint that the vehicle had to be a viable alternative to a conventional diesel or gasoline (petrol) commercial vans. One of the derived benefits of the Modec Van being electric is that it is very quiet and produces zero emissions. It can undertake work in some areas where otherwise no commercial van would be allowed to work, like working at night in residential areas or other no noise/no pollution areas.

The Modec comes in a Cab Plus Chassis, Box Van, or Dropside configuration and can accept any custom built body when ordered in cab/chassis configuration. The Modec's engine is a 102hp 221ft lbs torque electric motor and the batteries for the vehicle are charged in 8 hours (overnight) or batteries can be switched in 20 minutes for continuous operation. All Modecs come equipped with ABS braking and EBD (Electronic Braking Distribution). The front brakes are 4 piston brake callipers and the rears are duo servo drums. During braking, regenerative braking occurs which charges the batteries. The maximum speed of the van / vehicle is governed at 50 mph (80 kph) with a cargo carrying capacity of 4400 lbs (2000 kg).

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