The electric light truck ecarry is the result of a successful partnership between Webasto and the Italian manufacturer of electric vehicles and systems Green-G, the young subsidiary of the Italian company Goriziane Holding. The latter developed the emission-free ecarry truck thinking of service companies as well as municipalities active in the urban environment, such as the ones working on waste disposal services, gardening businesses, urban logistics and last-mile deliveries.
Webasto participated in the innovative project by providing its battery and air-conditioning technology.
The ecarry is equipped with Webasto lithium nickel manganese cobalt battery
More into details, the standard version of the ecarry is equipped with a lithium nickel manganese cobalt battery from Webasto boasting 35 kilowatt hours. The premium ecarry runs on two batteries with a total power of 70 kilowatt hours. Depending on whether one or two batteries are installed, the ecarry can cover over 250 kilometers without the need for recharging.
The ecarry, whose dimensions are quite similar to a conventional van, has an N1 vehicle type approval, weighs a maximum of 3.5 tons and reaches speeds of up to 80 km/h.
The Webasto air conditioning system
As for the interior air conditioning system, an electric high-voltage heater is used to heat the inside of the car. It converts direct current into heat with almost no loss. A climate system integrated in the vehicle provides the necessary cooling inside the ecarry.
Since all functions associated with thermal management (heating or cooling) generally consume a lot of energy, the engineers of Webasto have developed a special control strategy for the ecarry to save more energy—also depending on the weather conditions. To round off the air conditioning in the ecarry, a control unit is used. It controls all HVAC devices (fan, blower, coolant pump and high-voltage devices) according to the currently required operating mode.
Other joint projects on the way?
«We want to enrich the world with innovative technological solutions that are in harmony with ecological sustainability. With Webasto we have a partner in the area of batteries and thermal management, which convinces us with its high quality of its products and services», explained Alessandro Della Torre, Project Leader at Green-G.
«We look forward to further accompanying Green-G on their journey by providing our products and the related service packages. Through the insights we gain by integrating our products in the ecarry, we can react to market requirements even more flexibly. This collaboration also gives us the opportunity to further grow in the market of inner-city distribution and communal traffic which is very important for the e-mobility», added Manuel Kagelmann, Manager Product Management Batteries, Customized Solutions at Webasto.