The first vehicle that IA will bring to the UK market will be the all-electric DFSK EC35, a compact panel van ideal for inner-city and ‘last-mile’ delivery.
The van has a Gross Vehicle Weight of 2,600kg and it boasts a class-leading maximum payload of 950kg and a loading volume of 4.8m3.
Powering the DFSK EC35 is a 39kWh battery that delivers a range of over 150 miles and can be recharged to 100% capacity in just 90 minutes using a rapid charger. As well as the peace of mind afforded by the EC35’s range and charging capability, the vehicle is backed by a five-year warranty.
The DFSK EC35 will be swiftly followed by the EC31, an electric chassis cab van that combines impressive practicality and dependability with zero-emissions motoring. As with the EC35, the DFSK EC31 comes with a five-year warranty.
IA set out its vision for the UK this week, announcing ambitious plans to simplify and demystify the process of switching to electric and bring a new level of accessibility to the market, according to Paul Brigden, CEO of IA.
“Many operators are still unsure of the business case for switching to electric, and perceptions remain that it is too risky, too complicated and too expensive,” he said. “But change is coming and it’s coming fast so we’re here to help fleets of all sizes make the switch. Our commitment is to source the best alternative 100% electric LCVs, to provide a first-class advisory service to our customers with an accessible and cost-effective after-sales network.”
Innovation Automotive is set to officially launch in the UK later this year, with its first vehicles to go on sale in early 2022. The company also has ambitions to distribute a range of passenger vehicles in the UK and Europe. Further details of its passenger car manufacturing partners’ planned models will be revealed at launch.