Accell Expands in Electric Cargo Sector with Production Start of Carver LEV
HEERENVEEN, the Netherlands – After acquiring full ownership of e-Cargo bike maker Velosophy B.V. – known for the Babboe brand – last year; Accell Group continues to expand investments in this sector. The Dutch holding for numerous bike brands does that by taking part in investments involved in the production start of the Carver Light Electric Vehicle (LEV). This 3-wheeled LEV using tilting technology will also appear in Cargo versions.
Carver is already partly owned by Accell Group. Through its subsidiary Velosophy the Ducth holding has a 40 percent shareholding in Carver. Production of this 2-seater LEV is currently being started in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands which is costing about 5 million euro. This amount has been raised by Accell Group as well as investment funds related to regional authorities.
CEO Ton Rosier and business partner Chris Van Den Brink (originally an aircraft designer) have resurrected Carver of which the first designs date back to the nineties of the last century and of which some 300 were made some ten years ago. However, production was then stopped after major investors pulled-out. But what continued of Carver was the patented tilting technology from which the company earned a good living for years by selling the patents to other companies under license.
Production of e-versions started
Now an electric version of the 3-wheeled Carver is being made in the Netherlands. The first ones have been delivered to customers. They are hitting the roads as e-vehicles with maximum speed of 45 km/h. The new Carver comes with two electric motors of 2kW each, accelerating from 0 to the maximum speed of 45 km/h in just four seconds. Thanks to the 5.3 kWh lithium battery pack the Carver has a range of about 90 kilometers.
Substitute for city transport
Development of the electric 45 km/h Carver took about three years. Other models are now being developed at which the focus is on an e-Cargo Carver. This model is targeted to deliver packages in city centers.
“People are looking for a substitute for cars,” says Carver CEO Rosier. “They can opt for an electric scooter or bicycle or for an electric car, which costs at least some 25,000 euro. We fill the gap between 2-wheelers and cars. The Carver combines the convenience and maneuverability of a scooter with the comfort of a car.”