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Three-wheeled electric delivery vehicle with SmartSwapp batteries to launch in LA

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The North American company BILITI Electric plans to showcase the GMW Taskman, its three-wheeled electric delivery vehicle with SmartSwapp battery technology, for its North American debut at the AutoMobility event in LA on November 17.

The news comes after a round of financing by BILITI Electric, which has just received an investment commitment of US$400 million from Luxembourg’s GEM Global Yield.

BILITI Electric’s GMW Taskman, designed for commercial last-mile deliveries, is able to get up to 30 mph (48 km/h), carry a payload of 1,500 lb (680 kg), and can roll for 110 miles (177 km) for every 3.5-hour charge of its Li-ion batteries. The Taskman has seen a collective mileage of 20 million miles and delivered 12 million packages so far in 15 countries and regions. It is the first electric three-wheeler to be designed with a modular battery swapping system – called SmartSwapp – that enables the user to simply swap the vehicle battery and get recharged in less than a minute.

BILITI’s SmartSwapp is much faster than traditional recharging – taking away range anxiety, prolonged charge times, and increasing productivity with the same vehicle.

This vehicle is also available in a version adapted for garbage collection, the DumpSTAR, which the company considers to be an interesting solution for municipalities and solid waste management companies that collect overnight, as this is a type of vehicle that is 100% silent and free of polluting emissions. DumpSTAR has a hydraulic unloading system and a divider for separating different types of waste.

GMW Taskman is already approved in Portugal and will have a price of €9,990 (around $11,440). The version adapted for solid waste collection will cost €11,990 ($13,730). Each additional battery (compatible with both versions of the vehicle) is priced at €2,400 ($2,750).

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