UK-based driveline technology company Xtrac has developed a low cost and efficient transmission for the German electric vehicle manufacturer StreetScooter GmbH. The technology, featuring a single-speed gearbox and differential designed for front-wheel drive vehicles, will have its international debut this week when StreetScooter unveils its electric urban delivery van as a fully functional prototype at the IAA Commercial Vehicle show (Hall 13 stand 40), set to take place from September 20 to 27, 2012 in Hanover, Germany.
Clive Woolmer general manager of Xtrac’s automotive and engineering business, expressed delight in being StreetScooter’s technical partner in the carmaker’s sustainable and affordable urban delivery van, the origins of which could be traced in the Concept Zeitgeist project announced at Frankfurt in 2011.
Xtrac will be producing 65 more transmissions at its Berkshire factory in United Kingdom. Most of Xtrac’s pre-production manufacturing is intended for a large scale appraisal by a major fleet operator, before the company starts low volume series production. StreetScooter GmbH developed and designed the electric urban delivery van as a multi-functional light commercial vehicle intended to perform a number of service industry and trade roles.
The extended wheelbase pre-production model has a cargo capacity of about four cubic metres. Designed for city use, the electric urban delivery van has a power rating of 30-45kW (40-60bhp), which is provided by a lithium-ion battery and induction motor. It could travel as far as is 120km (75 miles) on a single charge and could reach speeds of up to 85km/h (53mph).