An all-electric Paneltex Isuzu 7.5t electric truck will be making its debut in the 3rd RAC Future Car Challenge, which is taking place on Saturday November 3, the day before the classic annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. Based on the Isuzu Forward 7.5t chassis, the Paneltex pure electric truck will be competing for the first time covering the 63 mile route from Brighton to London.
Announcing details of their entry to this year’s Future Car Challenge, Chris Berridge, Managing Director at Paneltex said, “We have been at the forefront of developing practical and efficient electric truck technology and to be given the chance to enter this high profile zero/low carbon economy run will be a great opportunity for us to publicise the benefits and performance of the Zeroed electric truck range to a much wider audience.”
Sponsored by the RAC Motoring Services and first introduced in 2010, The Future Car Challenge is recognised as the world’s leading low-energy driving challenge and the event is unique in being a real-world test of current and future vehicle technology.
Paneltex’s electric truck is a 7.5 tonne 150kW Zeroed pure EV featuring a Paneltex ATP Class C type approved insulated body and electric refrigeration system. A combination of active and passive regenerative braking recovers the maximum possible braking energy, which, with the 100kWh battery, helps give this zero emissions urban delivery truck a long range. The 20kW on-board charger provides a full charge from flat in 5 hours, and in-built remote diagnostics and tracking provide live management information 24/7.
In 2008 the Company demonstrated its first “Zeroed” electric vehicle conversions based on the Isuzu Grafter truck chassis. Four years on, Paneltex continues to offer a range of vehicles from 5 to 11 tonnes GVW featuring 150kW peak power permanent magnet motors, and up to 100kWh of lithium iron phosphate battery capacity. Fully automatic, these vehicles offer brisk performance with ranges of up to 120 miles on a single charge in urban driving. The conventional chassis design allows bodywork of any design to be fitted.