BEDEO, an electric vehicle supplier and manufacturer based in Farnham, UK, has recently launched an advanced retrofit solution conceived for van owners. The solution fits to existing diesel vans to make them both electric (first) and/or diesel at the touch of a button.
The new RE-100 Range Extender, part of the company’s Reborn Electric range, enables organisations with large fleets of vans, often with major conversions (e.g. refrigeration units, bespoke fit outs, minibuses etc), to retain those vehicles for longer while still transitioning to an electric future.
BEDEO’s retrofit solution: electric for last mile, diesel for longer routes
A vehicle fitted with a RE-100 Range Extender is electric first, with 117 km of electric range, making it ideal for ‘Last Mile’ deliveries. Its existing diesel mode can be used when needed for longer trips, switching to electric when entering a low-emission zone and densely populated areas to eliminate emissions and accelerate decarbonisation.
At the heart of RE-100 are two in-wheel motors and a battery designed, engineered and manufactured by BEDEO. The in-wheel motors are fitted to the rear axle of the vehicle. The motors are more compact, lighter, efficient and easier to install than an equivalent e-axle and powered by a 37kWh battery. No suspension modifications are required to the front or rear, which means there is no loss of ground clearance and no loss of load space or height.
From low-emission zones to outside areas
The RE-100 is a hybrid in as much as it can have two modes of power – electric and diesel – but with the BEDEO technology the vehicle cannot be operated as diesel within controlled low emissions zones, unless in an emergency. Outside of controlled zones the driver is in control and can determine when to stay in electric for a more pleasant driving experience, or switch to diesel for longer distances.
BEDEO’s in-wheel motor (IWM) technology can now be retrofitted into an existing vehicle. “The traditional model of fleet owners is to invest in new vans,” explained BEDEO Founder Osman Boyner. ““But electric vans today don’t meet the needs of the market and even Euro VI diesel vans are still responsible for a disproportionate amount of carbon emissions. With the RE-100 we have created a new category of hybrid that not only meets the needs of the market but also accelerates transport decarbonisation.”