It is powered by a specially-developed lithium-ion battery, and the top speed of the vehicle is about 80km/h, said du Preez – although due to vehicle class speed limitations in South Africa it is limited to 60km/h.
“Most of the chassis manufacturing and final assembly happens in Stellenbosch, with our bodies/shells made in Strand,” he added. The vehicle has a range of 100km and comes with an on-board charger to make the charging process simple.
He said that on average, it costs delivery drivers about R3.47 per day in electricity costs when using the MellowVan – translating to about 15c per kilometre.
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