A prototype for a zero-emissions all-terrain vehicle has been manufactured by Devonshire-based company EMotive.
The fully-electric Scarab ATV is soon to go into mass production under license following an initial investment of £2m to get the project off the ground.
With 2035 carbon emissions targets looming in the not-so-distant future, EMotive claims its prototype will be the answer to the Transport Decarbonisation Plan, which details the phasing-out of sales of ICE vehicles in the 3.5-26t category.
Agricultural and off-road industries are likely to be lumped into this category, and the company claims the electric ATV will be a direct challenger to the likes of the Mercedes-Benz Unimog, which is yet to be available in an electric model.
While exact details are a bit thin on the ground, we do know that the Scarab’s six-wheel chassis is customisable to suit a number of functions, includuing agriculture, forestry, adventure tourism and moving personnel, and the smart power delivery system can be configured to two-, four- or six-wheel drive.
It will weigh between 10-12t, with a 4-6t payload. The Scarab can also be fitted with a modular fuel cell, including hydrogen, for carrying out tasks with a higher power demand.
A crowdfunding page has been started to raise the remaining £180,000 needed to take the EMotive prototype to the final stage of development, which is set to be completed within the first quarter of this year.