Karam EREV van platform

Karma highlights electric utility van

May 5, 2020
New E-Flex demonstration platform for delivery fleet, tradesman service vehicles features extended-range technology

Karma Automotive recently showcased its E-Flex utility van platform with extended range electric vehicle (EREV) architecture, which it says is the latest in a series of development projects demonstrating the capabilities of its EREV and battery-electric chassis systems.

The new EREV E-Flex van platform provides the ability to have flexible all-electric range up to 200 miles, and combined range of over 400 miles, depending upon configurations and commercial applications, Karma claimed. Suitable for a variety of mobility solutions, the platform also can be retrofitted to products including commercial delivery fleet vehicles, shuttle buses, tradesman service vehicles, camper vans and more.

The E-Flex platform with EREV technology offers flexibility and range not found in today’s BEVs, the company maintained. This technology provides many benefits, including sustainable driving with extended range due to the on-board generator, adherence to clean air zones for city driving and quieter transport for passengers.

Using the E-Flex Platform, vehicle manufacturers can optimize development costs to engineer, test, certify and build an EREV or BEV platform, allowing electrification of their products with greater speed and efficiency.

“Electrification represents a growing shift in the mobility industry, not only in consumer vehicles but in commercial vehicles as well,” said Lewis Liu, vice president of business development for Karma. “Karma is staying ahead of the curve by offering electric platform solutions for partners’ new and existing products.

“Our Karma EREV E-Flex van platform offers a variety of e-powertrain configurations and a flexible design. We provide the canvas for our partners to create mobility solutions their way, while integrating Karma technology that has been featured and validated by our 2020 Revero GT on the road today.”

Karma said the EREV van platform, developed at the company’s assembly plant in Moreno Valley CA, can be delivered as powertrain kit for existing chassis.All E-Flex platforms feature Karma technology, including production Revero GT drive motors in various configurations, gearbox, suspension, subframes and steering, in addition to production body structure parts.

Most components have achieved over 1 million miles of Karma testing and in-market validation, the company added, ensuring Karma’s vehicle technology is featured in each platform.

Other Karma E-Flex platform exhibitions recently showcased include the company’s signature EREV platform and a BEV van equipped with SAE Level 4 autonomous technology. Additional components also available include Karma’s new SiC inverters.