What Is Range Anxiety?

There are over 840,000 fully electric vehicles on the roads in the UK, and around a third of the drivers say that they have experienced range anxiety. So, what is range anxiety and what is being done or what can be done to eliminate it?

Range anxiety is that feeling of dread when EV drivers consider driving long distances. It’s the fear of running out of power whilst driving and ending up stranded by the side of the road with no access to a charging point.

What Causes Range Anxiety?

There are two main factors that cause range anxiety, the first one is the public’s perception that there is a lack of public charging points available. Not all EV users are fortunate enough to have charging points at home or at the workplace and therefore they rely heavily on the public charging infrastructure.

Secondly, there is a lack of fast charging points which are accessible to the public. This was highlighted as a major problem last Christmas when charging points on the motorways were overwhelmed and there were queues of Tesla cars as families tried to travel across the width and breadth of GB to visit relatives.

So, what is the UK Government doing to improve the EV infrastructure?

As stated earlier, there is a misconception that public EV charging points are very few and far between. There are more than 61,000 public charge points across the UK at over 22,000 locations and that’s more charging points than there are fuel stations but is it enough?

Given that the UK government has made a commitment to cease the production of petrol and diesel cars by 2030, it recognises that it must invest heavily in the EV charging infrastructure to gain public support, ease concerns and most importantly meet carbon zero targets.

To date £1.6BN has been invested to help expand the UK charging network. £950M of this will go towards the rapid charging fund which will see improvements across motorways and major roads over the next six months. This includes plans to implement at least six rapid charge points at every motorway service station across England by the end of 2023. And a further £20M is being invested to providing 1,000 new electric vehicle charge points in areas across the country where infrastructure is lacking the most.

This substantial investment by the UK government will have a massive positive impact on the UK’s efforts to meet their net zero targets and the advancements in the EV charging framework alone will see the transition from carbon to zero emissions become more obtainable and realistic.

The transition simplified

With more resources available for the public to avail of, drivers will feel much more confident about switching from fuel to electric vehicles and range anxiety will be no longer a common term.

However, for transport managers, who are under immense pressure to meet their company’s ESG strategies, transitioning their entire commercial fleets to zero emissions may be a somewhat daunting and overwhelming concept.

At ETRUX, we understand that fleet managers are facing many challenges which include the uncertainties around the capabilities of electric vehicles, along with productivity and efficiency posing a major factor.

That’s why at ETRUX, we have developed our ground-breaking EVolve programme to help simplify the transition to net zero fleets.

Not only does the EVolve programme help you with the initial change of your fleet, but our four-phase model ensures your organisation has professional guidance throughout the entire process. The four phases include a fleet feasibility study that will provide a road map for your organisation, where we help you source the right vehicles and charging solutions to suit your organisation’s needs. We also help to maintain your vehicles and manage fleet end of life disposal.

Thinking and planning ahead is essential in today’s marketplace so to find out more about our EVolve programme email info@etrux.co.uk.


Supporting Excellence and Growth

Congratulations to our ETRUX team members, Gareth Pinkerton and Philip Hanna, who recently graduated from the Advanced Manufacturing Leadership programme at Queen’s University Belfast.

Sponsored by the Department for the Economy (DfE), with support from the QUB Bright Minds initiative and Centre for Competitiveness, the five-month programme is designed to develop practical and effective management and leadership skills for manufacturing supervisors, helping them to lead with confidence, improve manufacturing operations and develop innovation.

We look forward to seeing the benefits of Gareth and Phillip’s participation in the programme across ETRUX.

Pictured left to right are: David Paulson, Professor of Practice at Queens Management School; Philip Hanna, ETRUX Team Lead; Edel Healy, Head of Team Support at JANS Group; Gareth Pinkerton, ETRUX Lead Engineer; Gerry Galvin, ETRUX Managing Director; William (W.) Ussher, Senior Executive at Centre For Competitiveness.

⚡ Fully Charged and Ready To Go🔋

On the 19th May we joined EV charging point specialists, EV Civils Solutions, at the Fully Charged Show in Harrogate.

Founded by Robert Llewellyn, the Fully Charged Live show is one of the highlights of the calendar and we were delighted to be at this year’s first ever show in the north, exhibiting in the Commercial Zone.

On display we had the ETRUX all-electric Ford E-Transit welfare van. Based on the L3H2 leader model, it is one of safest and most robust welfare vans on the market. With a range of 196 miles on a single charge, it’s available in both the 3.5 and 4.25t models and can accommodate up to seven people offering an effective mobile solution for a wide range of applications, that includes road maintenance teams, film crews and even search and rescue services.

Over the day we spoke to many company fleet managers from across a variety of sectors offering our expert advice about light weight commercial EV’s and on how to transition to net zero fleets.

Destination Net Zero at the ITT HUB

From the 10 – 11 May the ETRUX team were exhibiting at this year’s ITT Hub show at Farnborough International Exhibition Centre.

Attracting over 4000 visitors over two days, this year’s show included some of the most influential and knowledgeable professionals in the transport sector, all working together to help reshape the transport and logistics landscape.

Sharing our stand with our technical partners WATT Electric Vehicle Company (WEVC) and MAGTEC. We were showcasing the recently revealed Watt eCV1 light electric vehicle prototype, the L3H2 leader Ford E-transit welfare van, alongside one of the UK’s leading designers and manufacturers of electric drive systems, MAGTEC, together demonstrating the MEV75 7.5T EV Truck.

There is no doubt that the UK is home to class leading transport innovation and we are delighted to be a part of it as we help companies drive towards a more sustainable future.



THE recently revealed WATT EV (WEVC) engineered prototype, the eCV1, a next-generation electric light commercial vehicle, which garnered much attention following its April unveiling, will once again be on display, this time at Farnborough’s ITT HUB on the 10th and 11th May.

On the back of a very busy and engaging Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC in Birmingham last month, the team behind the eCV1 prototype, which features a WEVC chassis cab with a rear body designed, manufactured and fitted by ETRUX, will have their electric vehicle on show and will be available to discuss the solutions that will aid transport operators in driving their fleet to a more sustainable future.

Gerard Galvin, MD of ETRUX, who is keen to engage with transport managers and deliver electric vehicle solutions, said; “Over the last year, I have spearheaded the EVolve programme which offers a 360° solution for public authorities and vehicle operators to transition fleets from diesel to electric vehicles, as part of the government’s 2030 Road to Zero strategy.

“We take a four-phase approach and cover everything from the initial feasibility study and cost analysis to sourcing the right vehicles and charging solutions. The next phase includes maintenance and keeping the fleet on the road and the final phase is the end of life and disposal of the fleet.

“It is important to cover all of these aspects, but it also allows operators to cherry pick their solution. As a one supplier solutions provider who works collaboratively it brings with it many benefits, but one key aspect is the ability to resolve the many pain points that fleet and transport managers have in meeting the government’s aggressive net zero targets. We’ll be at the ITT Hub to engage and discuss practical results.”

However, it’ll be the eCV1, a functional prototype; innovative and highly flexible unit with a 3.5-tonne cab and chassis unit that enables a wide range of electric commercial vehicle designs, which will be a focus during the two-day exhibition.

Gerard Galvin explains; “The launch of eCV1 saw remarkable engagement with our team and our colleagues at WEVC while in Birmingham. I don’t think that’ll be any different at the ITT Hub as many fleet operators and facility managers want real and deliverable solutions for their current diesel fleet ensuring they are on the road to net zero.

“We’ve found that operators want to engage with us to address the myriad of issues of electrifying their fleets. The fact that we work collaboratively is very appealing where we can facilitate mission specific models, which meets customers’ particular fleet requirements. We hope to highlight how innovation, technology and transport are integral to achieving the transition of vehicle fleets to carbon zero.

“The eCV1 brings with it advantages such as an incredible payload to weight ratio, the safety and energy efficiency benefits of the central driving position and the flexibility of vehicle length and layout.”

Neil Yates, CEO of WEVC, said, “We are delighted to be able to showcase our engineered prototype so soon after its first outing at the CV Show. This will give many more people the opportunity to discuss the wider range of applications and uses for our electric commercial vehicle platform, and for the WEVC team to conduct a number of follow up meetings. As this is a functional engineered prototype, there are still lots of on the road testing to complete but it was important to ensure that we engaged with our customer base at the ITT Hub. Having a great relationship with the ETRUX team that is working hand in hand with us has made it all that bit easier.”

MAGTEC, leading UK designer, manufacturer and integrator of drive systems for electric and hybrid vehicles with more than 1,000 commercial EVs in service across the world, will be showcasing their 7.5t Electric Powered Isuzu chassis. They will also be discussing the manufacture of an electric drive system and chassis structure along with a full vehicle build.

Also, on the stand is one ETRUX’s E-Transit welfare vehicles, which is based on the L3H2 leader model. The Welfare van offers an effective mobile solution with a wide range of applications; it has the facility to accommodate up to seven people. It offers one of the safest and robust welfare van solutions on the market and is available on all 3.5 tonne light commercial vehicles, as well as having the ability to be configured to suit a customer’s requirement.

These three leading companies look forward to engaging with potential customers on how the electrification and the repowering of vehicles is going to serve the industry in the years to come.

Visit the team on STAND 1126 or to book an appointment, email itthub@etrux.co.uk.

WEVC eCV1 Electric Van Makes Global Debut At UK Commercial Vehicle Show

Watt Electric Vehicle Company (WEVC), a pioneer in the design, engineering, and manufacture of low-to-medium volume EVs, both under its own brand and for third parties, has revealed its game-changing light electric van at the Commercial Vehicle Show.

Designed for the production of up to 5,000 vehicles per annum, the innovative and highly flexible vehicle, codenamed WATT eCV1, enables a wide range of electric commercial vehicle designs, facilitating mission-specific models which meet customers’ particular fleet requirements.

Following the signing of an MoU between WEVC and electric commercial vehicle specialist, ETRUX, earlier this year, an engineering prototype is on display at the NEC, based on the WATT eCV1 3.5-tonne cab and chassis unit, complete with an ETRUX designed and built body. The next step is for WEVC’s electric vehicle platform technology to be adapted by ETRUX into a range of offerings for the commercial vehicle market.

The first of multiple commercial vehicle offerings to come from WEVC, the eCV1 uses the company’s breakthrough, proprietary PACES architecture, a sophisticated yet cost-effective modular electric vehicle platform. Developed to support commercial vehicle manufacturers, specialist vehicle converters and fleet operators in the transition to an electric future, PACES complies with ISO regulations and exceeds stringent European Small Series Type Approval safety standards.

It’s ’cell-to-chassis’ system means batteries are integrated into the primary structure (rather than having a separate battery pack), optimising stiffness, minimising weight, and maximising payload. As a result, the clean sheet design means the eCV1 has none of the structural, weight and packaging compromises inherent in most electric LCV designs, many of which have been converted from ICE drivetrains and are further constrained by traditional high volume manufacturing processes.

The eCV1 features a central driving position which allows a safer kerbside exit for the operator, whichever side of the road the vehicle is driving or parked on. The cabin can be configured as a one, two or three-seater vehicle, with the large glass house providing superb visibility, making the vehicle safer to drive and easier to manoeuvre and park.

A further benefit of the central driving position is that it has allowed the A-pillars to be repositioned inboard, thus reducing frontal area and drag, which is a key metric in designing an efficient electric commercial vehicle. The unique platform design creates generous full standing height headroom, facilitating easy ingress and egress and a ‘walk through cabin’ option that is ideally suited for urban delivery vehicles.

Neil Yates, CEO of WEVC said: “I’m delighted to reveal the WATT eCV1 at the CV Show. Our unique approach to addressing the challenges facing the industry will enable the transition to mission-specific, yet cost-effective electric light commercial vehicles. We have embraced circular economy principles in the design, manufacture, and operation of our commercial vehicles to specifically align with increasingly stringent corporate and fleet operator sustainability responsibilities.

“The industry is rapidly moving to a zero-emission future, working with WEVC and our eCV1 platform will allow customers to benefit from electrified commercial vehicles tailored to meet their exact needs. Our MoU partner ETRUX has built a fantastic vehicle body onto one of the shortest lengths of chassis that we will offer, to show how compact the vehicle can be.”

The WEVC eCV1 prototype has a kerbweight from just 1750kg, delivering class leading payload and range in the 3.5t and 4.25t segments. The CV Show will be the first chance to see the functional prototype, which will be continuing test and development activities directly after the event.


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