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Stackable, Electric, Car-sharing ESPRIT Vehicle Launched in Glasgow

Vectos has been part of the team unveiling the ESPRIT stackable electric vehicles this week. The prototype was put through its paces in Glasgow to demonstrate how the concept would work.

The vehicles are designed to provide users with on-demand ‘first and last mile’ travel solutions which fill gaps in the public transport network thereby reducing the need for private car use. This service aims to tackle congestion and pollution, whilst improving connectivity to residential and commercial hubs.

ESPRIT responds to the ever-growing demand from users for more convenient and responsive transport services. As one of the most innovative products of the shared economy, the vehicles also stack together like a shopping trolley to save space and so that they can be efficiently redistributed in a road train by one driver.

The purpose built, lightweight, ‘L’ category electric vehicles are designed for short journeys with a top speed of around 50 km/h whilst a single charge affords a range of approximately 50 kilometres.

Similar to some city bike schemes, users will pick them up at charging stations and drop them off at another station near their destination, allowing the battery to recharge. One charging point is also able to charge up to eight stacked vehicles simultaneously, saving vital street space and reducing infrastructure costs.

Vectos International Project Manager, Paul Curtis, said that after three years it’s great to see the project come to fruition. 

“Some one-way car sharing systems have failed in the past due to the relatively high operating costs in redistributing vehicles across the network, to areas of highest demand. ESPRIT’s unique stackable function allows for a single driver to redistribute up to eight vehicles at a time, making the business model more sustainable. Its versatility means it can improve accessibility to business parks, residential areas as well as city centres, or wherever public transport services are less economically viable. ” he said.

“We believe that ESPRIT offers a cost-effective car-sharing system that provides greater energy efficiency, whilst also helping to reduce congestion as well as noise and air pollution."