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Tropos Motors releases new compact electric street sweeper

eCUV manufacturer says its nimble ABLE Sweep is 70-percent quieter than competitors' offerings.

Tropos Motors, a manufacturer and distributor of street-legal electric compact utility vehicles (eCUVs), recently released the new ABLE Sweep, which features a bed package that transforms the standard ABLE eCUV into a nimble electric sweeper.

The Tropos ABLE Sweep is designed for a market where purpose-made sweepers and sweeper units mounted on pickup trucks are too large and smaller ride-on machines lack the performance maintenance crews demand.

The new electric sweeper is 70 percent quieter than conventional models, the company said, and features the shortest turning radius in its class, backup sweeping capabilities, an enclosed cab for year-round operation, easily swappable bed packages and a clean air blower for removing debris from curb lines.

“The ABLE Sweep utilizes both the performance and the substantial payload capacity of the ABLE truck chassis to do the work of a full-size truck,” said John Bautista, CEO of Tropos Motors.

“However, in contrast, the ABLE Sweep is more maneuverable, more efficient, and produces significantly fewer emissions. Now, cleaning crews have a sweeping vehicle that can fit into smaller spaces, produces less sound pollution and requires very little maintenance.”

With a 12.5-foot turning radius, the ABLE Sweep fits in tight spaces, yet still provides the performance and large payload capacity of pick-up mounted versions. The model includes a heavy-duty polyurethane, two-yard hopper and a clean air blower, which increases operator productivity with the ability to remove debris from curb lines without the need for additional equipment.

Beyond these features, the ABLE Sweep enjoys all the standard features of the ABLE chassis, including the Easy-Swap option allowing for bed packages to be swapped as needed. It also boasts an on-road payload capacity of up to 1,100 pounds (1,500 pounds off-road), 775 ft-lbs of rear wheel torque and an estimated 144 MPGe (up to 4.3 M/KwH), with a top speed of 25 mph or 35 mph as defined by local laws, or 40 mph off-road, based on customization.

“With most other eCUVs built on chassis that are too heavy, unbalanced or designed for internal combustion engines, this market is ripe for a true EV entrant like the ABLE chassis,” said Scot Harden, director of sales and marketing.

“It’s specially designed for electric utility vehicles and not built on a repurposed golf cart or UTV chassis. Instead, the ABLE chassis is durable and a modular workhorse, and sporting automotive-grade components.”

Tropos Motors will have the new Sweep upfit package, along with its recently announced fire and EMS response options, on display at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo May 1-3 in Long Beach CA.

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