New EV manufacturer confirms Midlands plant

Watt Electric Vehicle Company (WEVC) has revealed plans to develop a new manufacturing site in the Midlands, where it will build up to 5,000 electric commercial vehicle a year.

The vehicles will be built under the WEVC brand on behalf of third-party manufacturers, based on its new EV platform, Passenger And Commercial EV Skateboard (PACES).

Neil Yates, founder and owner of Watt Electric Vehicle Company, said: Our PACES architecture and manufacturing processes are flexible and scaleable, a first ‘off-the-shelf’ product specifically targeted for the low-to-medium volume industry capable of supporting any type of EV, with a cell-to-chassis structural battery system that optimises chassis stiffness and minimises vehicle weight.

“With ever-increasing pressure on urban emissions, coupled with the growth in home delivery, we have been approached by multiple commercial vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators, who are in desperate need of developing the next generation of electric vans, trucks and buses.

“As electrification of the sector only accelerates, what these companies need is a ready-to-go, sophisticated yet cost-effective EV platform on which to build their vehicles – that is Watt Electric Vehicle Company’s PACES architecture.”

The first prototypes built on the PACES platform will be unveiled by the end of the first quarter next year, with production due to start at the new site in the autumn of 2023.