Once in a while, it’s refreshing to be reminded that electric vehicles aren’t just for commuting or driving real fast.

Meet the Kargo Light.

Kargo Light Box Truck

Kargo Light Box Truck

Weighing in at 1,500 lbs of mostly pure aluminum, he’s just a little guy – about the same length as an i-MiEV, but 1,000 lbs lighter. With a 4 kW electric motor (5.4 HP), a top speed of 40 km/h and a range of 30 km, this vehicle is not built for cruising.

But it is a workhorse, able to carry a load of up to 1,000 lbs. With easily swappable batteries and a target audience of heavy industrial use, range anxiety is not on the menu.  Highly modular, it can be configured as a flatbed, dump truck, or box truck.

Since its creation in 2009, hundreds of Kargo Lights have been delivered – mainly to the aluminum industry in Quebec. It’s a natural fit for the aluminum industry, particularly given the location of the maker in Alma, Quebec, an important center for aluminum production.

With demand rising, they’re scaling up and investing in new production facilities in Alma. They’re investing $1.2 million in the first phase (including a substantial contribution from the provincial government), and an additional $5.8 million is expected for the second phase.

For founder Pierre Dion, the sky is the limit. Once production is scaled up, they’ll be ready to branch out both internationally and to other industries.

Sources: Journal le Lac St-Jean, Precicad

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