The German manufacturer Ari Motors based in Borna near Leipzig presented the new Ari 458 – the “smallest street legal electric truck”. The vehicle is primarily intended to be used as a utility vehicle or van on the last mile in inner cities or parks. With its base price of just under 14,000 euros, the Ari 458 is comparatively cheap. For this, users have to make some compromises when it comes to equipment.
Translated from Japanese Ari means “Ant”. This name has been chosen for a series of small electric cars be is Thomas Kuwatsch, one of the founders of the company and its technical director. He considers maneuverability and low prime cost of cargo transportation to their main advantages.
The design of Ari 458 is based on the platform of the Chinese company Jianyuan EV, which produces about 50,000 electric vehicles per year in the PRC. The electric motor and the battery here are also Chinese. At the same time, Ari will be produced not in China or in Germany, which will become the main market, but in neighboring Czech Republic.
The length of the van is only 3.15 meters. Despite the extremely compact dimensions, the truck, like a real ant, can take on a solid weight. Lifting capacity reaches 450 kg, which will be quite enough for the delivery of goods around the city.
The technical characteristics of the new family are extremely modest. The power of the electric motor is 10 hp, the capacity of the battery is 8 kWh. Range reaches 120-150 kilometers, depending on the selected battery, and if you order an optional solar battery, you can still squeeze about 30 kilometers. When charging from a household network of 220 V, a full recovery of energy will take 6-8 hours. The price of the basic model Ari 458 with a cargo platform or a simple body starts from €11,700 excluding taxes (approximately 13,000 USD).
Specifications of base flatbed version
- Seats: 2
- Top speed: 78 km/h
- Range at 40 km/h: 120 km (optional up to 150 km)
- Dimensions in mm (LxWxH): 3.150 / 1.297 / 1.685
- Dimensions loading area in mm (LxW): 1.320 / 1.195
- Payload in kg: 450
- Wheelbase in mm: 1,950
- Track width in mm (front/rear): 1,100 / 1,090
- Curb weight (including battery): 707 kg
- Tires: 145/70R12
- Brakes (front/rear): Disc Brake / Disc Brake
- Motor: Electric AC
- Power: 7.5 KW
- Battery capacity: 120Ah
- Charging time: 6-8 hours
- Charging voltage: 220V