When you think of Italian automobiles, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Fiat and Alfa Romeo are brands that come to mind. But there is a startup EV maker called Green-G which makes the ECarry, an electric light truck that’s designed to work in the country’s tight city streets.
This cab-over vehicle is 5,640mm long, 1,590mm wide, and 1,930mm tall, making it perfect for squeezing through narrow alleys. Its cabin is said to be very comfortable and easy on the driver, as it is designed to minimize the risk of accidents and occupational diseases by making it easier to get in and out of repeatedly.
Powering the ECarry is a single 350V DC electric motor with a peak output of 121hp and 380Nm. It tops out at 80km/h, a perfectly reasonable speed for a vehicle like this. It also features a modular battery pack, which can accept up to two 35kWh NMC (nickel-manganese-cobalt) lithium-ion cells for a maximum range of 250km.
Despite its petite size (for a truck), it can carry a payload of up to 3,500kg, which is configurable for any potential application it might find itself in. Should it be registered in the Philippines, the ECarry falls under Category N1.
And Green-G isn’t another case of automotive vaporware. The first registered ECarry has been on Italian roads since July 2021 as a garbage collection vehicle. It has traveled more than 5,000km, has done 5,800 start-stop cycles, and has fully discharged its batteries more than 120 times. It has collected around 72,500kg of waste without any reliability issues.
Having an electric LCV to replace the many ICE-powered light trucks is not only a good way to help cut down on emissions, but it can also be economical for operators especially for applications like waste management, city logistics, and couriers that have frequent start-stop situations. Normally, we’d clamor for the ECarry to make its way here, but a South Korean firm has recently invested in local EV manufacturing. Maybe that company should develop its own electric truck for Philippine roads.