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

BILITI Electric to launch electric delivery vehicle with SmartSwapp batteries in LA.
BILITI Electric to launch electric delivery vehicle with SmartSwapp batteries in LA. Credit: BILITI Electric

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).