Australia’s first locally-built electric utility vehicle will also be one of the cheapest on the market
If you haven’t heard of the ACE Yewt before, we won’t blame you. This Australian-based company may be small in size but makes up for it in innovation and technology.
The Yewt is ACE’s answer to the ute, and while it is smaller than the average dual cab ute, it’s still pretty practical.
Designed in Europe but assembled right here in Australia, the Yewt measures in at 3900mm long, 1900 wide and 1690mm tall.
While ACE is currently taking reservations for the Yewt, production is likely to start by the end of 2021 or early in 2022.
Power comes from a single electric motor on the rear axle which makes peak power of 45kW and 174Nm of torque. Top speed is just 100km/h, so don’t expect a high speed ride when you drive the Yewt.
The onboard battery has a capacity of 23.2kWh and will take approximately eight hours to charge at home or at the office.
ACE says the Yewt will be perfect for couriers, florists, catering companies and pathology transport.
With its tray, the Yewt could also be useful for tradies working in urban environments, particularly considering that you can charge your tools while you work.
ACE believes that the Yewt is able to reduce fleet emissions by 75 percent and lower a company’s fleet running costs by 85 percent.
Several options are available over the standard car, including electric power steering, high voltage DC charging, electric heated seats, a larger 40kWh battery, leather interior and a vehicle weight indicator.
The Yewt can take a payload of 500kg in the rear tray and can drive between 150 and 200km of range depending on load.
The ACE Urban is the perfect city car and runs on the same platform as the Yewt, although it will be priced much higher than the utility at $35,000.
The Yewt will go on sale for $26,000 before on-road costs.
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