Written by Kfir Kedem – April 13, 2021
Reviewed by Asaf Kedem
Utilizing commercial vehicles in cities is increasingly becoming a greater issue. Especially when it comes to European city centers where combustion engine vehicles are being sent further and further outside of the centers. Dutch manufacturer, Cargolev, has the solution to the issue.
The Cargolev comes in two models, with the only visual difference between the two being that one is a closed box body (5.5 m3) and one is an open box body. Acting as a miniature truck, the Cargolev open body even has the optional feature of a tipping body. With these truck-like features also comes a truck-like mentality, as Cargolev is targeting driver comfort. This kind of selling point is not often seen in last-mile vehicles. More than payload volume that is spacious for its size, the vehicles are also still narrow enough to fit between posts at a vehicle width of only 130 cm. This can be seen in the image below.
These light commercial electric vehicles have a fully electric drivetrain, although there is unfortunately not much information regarding the specs available to the public.
Auto Trendy’s take:
Electric options of distribution vehicles have been popping up. Every manufacturer that was previously producing combustion engine distribution vehicles is releasing or at least researching electric versions of their vehicles. Cargolev has an interesting solution with this vehicle that is specifically designed to fit within city center dimensions. On the company website, there was a clear mention of the vehicle's ability to collect waste. It would be interesting to find out if the waste-collection model comes with a crane attachment to aid in the collection. Otherwise, the vehicle is designed well for city center speeds and will likely not get in the way of too many pedestrians.