Start-up CityFreighter develops modular electric delivery trucks to cater to urban markets

CityFreighter, a multi-national start-up has revealed an electric delivery vehicle targeting the last-mile logistics segment and is seeking funding

CityFreighter prototype. Credit: CityFreighter

CityFreighter is planning to present the first prototype in 2019 with the company currently expecting production to begin in Q3 2019. The company says that it has “tested different drive configurations and finalized the complete truck layout design,” according to their website.

They initially expect to begin producing a model known as the CF1 Basic flatbed version model, and then expand the product lines. However, the advantage of their vehicle is that its modularity will allow users to create the end-specification of the vehicle from a wide variety of options.

The company is currently raising funds through a Title III- Regulation Crowdfunding Campaign on Startengine.

According to the company they are projecting the following set of specifications and costs for their vehicle:

  • Driveable with a basic driver’s license
  • Up to 2300 kg/ 5070 lbs payload,
  • Class 3 light duty truck
  • Up to 20m³/706 cf³ cargo volume
  • 100 miles range with basic battery
  • Add-on Clean energy provided by solar power
  • Basic price below $50,000
  • Optional "Battery Select" upgrade (at purchase or later)
  • Optional "fast charging"
  • Regenerative braking
  • Remote operations with mobile app

The company is banking on the growth of urban delivery markets that need to be served even whilst emission regulations are tightened.

"Our modular approach significantly reduces tooling costs, development time and supports our fast go-to-market plans via a quickly scalable production volume,2 said Michael Schoening, President CityFreighter Inc. “It will allow us to rapidly develop different designs for different customers' value-chain requirements."

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