Modec is a Coventry, UK electric vehicle manufacturer, specialising in Commercial vehicles in the N2 category. It unveiled its first model in April 2006 and announced its intention to commence series production in March 2007, with the first production vehicles destined for Tesco.
2002 : eMercury project commenced within London Taxis International (a division of Manganese Bronze
). The project was led by Jevon Thorpe, designer of the TX1London
Taxi. Some development funding received from the Energy Savings Trust (EST), part of the Department of Trade and Industry
. 2004: Three eMercury prototypes demonstrated - one conventional lead-acid battery
powered, one hybrid vehicle
utilising a nickel metal hydride battery
and one utilising a high energy molten salt battery
mounted in a removable cassette between the chassis
rails. 2004: Manganese Bronze
announces its decision to focus on its taxi business. The eMercury project bought by Jamie Borwick, former CEO & Chairman of Manganese Bronze
, who creates Modec Limited as part of Borwick Group. 2004: Splits with drivetrain supplier Azure Dynamics, in favour of Zytek
, commences development of production vehicles 2006 : Announces partnerships with Lex Logistics for customer service, GE Commercial Finance
for vehicle finance and battery rental and Axeon Power for battery cassette assemblies and zebra batteries
. 2006: Unveils next generation of production intent vehicles at SMMT
Commercial Vehicle Show. Fitted with an 85 kWh
battery pack, they have a 2-2.5 tonne payload, a governed top speed of 50mph and a range in excess of 100 miles on a typical urban duty cycle. Maximum torque
of 300 Newton metres
is delivered from rest, resulting in lively acceleration. Zebra batteries
are used. 2007: Coventry production facility officially opened by the Rt Hon David Cameron
- Announcement of that the first vehicles built will be delivered to Tesco for home grocery deliveries.
- Center Parcs also received a fleet of vehicles at their Elveden Forest park for servicing use.
- Vehicles are now operating in London with Accord, Amey, Speedyhire, Hildon Water, London Borough of Islington and others. 2008: 100th Modec vehicle produced, production at the Coventry plant ramping up according to plan (maximum capacity 5,000 vehicles per annum).
- London dealer network expands to 6 sites; Distributors appointed in the Netherlands and Ireland
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