AVEVAI, short for Autonomous Vehicle, Electric Vehicle, Artificial Intelligence, are a new electric start-up based in Singapore who have just recently unveiled their IONA electric truck and van.
AVEVAI showcased their brand new IONA electric vehicles at the 2018 Guangzhou Auto Show late last month. According to the Singaporean start-up, the IONA vehicles were development in a partnership with Daimler, Foton, and fellow Singapore-based company e-Synergy. Daimler and Foton reportedly lent their expertise during the development of the chassis for the electric van and electric truck, while e-Synergy developed the graphene-infused supercapacitor technology that will power the electric vehicles.
The IONA vehicles will utilize the Graphene Energy Management System (GEMS), an energy storage system which combines lithium-ion batteries and ultracapacitors. According to AVEVAI and e-Synergy, the technology will serve to enhance performance and range while also maximizing the productive life of the battery featured within both vehicles.
The IONA electric truck will feature a 44.43 kWh battery capable of 300 km (186 miles) of NEDC range, as well as a 60 kW and 220 Nm electric motor. The vehicle will take roughly 2 hours to fully charge at 22 kW AC, and sports a top speed of 90 km/h (56 mph). The electric van will be able to carry a maximum payload of 1,050 kg (approximately 2,314 lbs).
The IONA electric van will feature an 80 kWh battery capable of 330 km (205 miles) of NEDC range, as well as a 100 kW and 360 Nm electric motor. The vehicle will take roughly 4.5 hours to fully charge at 22 kW AC, and sports a top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph). The electric van will be able to carry a maximum payload of 1,650 kg (approximately 3,637 lbs).
AVEVAI was founded in response to the growing demand from small- and medium-sized businesses for low-cost, flexible electric light commercial vehicles (e-LCVs).
Argun Boldkhet, CEO and founder of AVEVAI, stated:
“Tighter regulations on harmful emissions in urban areas are driving demand for e-LCVs. Our mission is to create affordable, functional and highly efficient products that meet the current needs of many businesses operating in the parcel, fast moving consumer goods and last-minute delivery segments.
“By producing higher quality e-LCVs that have been specifically developed from the ground-up – rather than conversions of existing petrol or diesel models – we can meet the growing demand for commercial electric vehicles with the highest safety standards, better range, great load capacity, longer lifecycles and a vehicle that is maintenance free. Looking to the future, we are partnering with companies to develop innovative products and services that will complement our EV technology and provide an enhanced range of mobility and connected services for the logistics industry.”
AVEVAI plans to release their electric vehicles in February 2019 in China initially. The electric truck and van will be sold in Europe and the U.S. some time after May of next year.