Eco Charger Partnership with Supacat launches Vizsla14-09-2021
UK’s Supacat – Eco Charger partnership launches `Vizsla` world’s first military all electric Quad at DSEi 2021
The E-ATV (Electric-All Terrain Vehicle), `Vizsla`, is based on Eco Charger’s latest top of the range Lithium Prestige 4WD Quad “workhorse”, which is capable of speeds up to 65kmph. The two UK companies collaborated to modify the E-ATV for military operations including achieving a range extension to over 150km, unmatched by other E-ATVs.
`Vizsla` equals the performance of fossil fuels ATVs and opens up new tactical options for using Quads on operations. A low acoustic signature below 70dB and zero EMC emission means less chance of detection, allowing soldiers to operate closer and faster in and out of enemy positions.
The large onboard battery capacity makes it possible to charge personal equipment, such as sights and radios. `Vizsla` also benefits from Eco Charger’s unique hot-swap battery system; this enables the payload to be varied to optimize the balance between range and payload for individual missions.
Supacat will be Prime Contractor into Defence and provide support with spares, repairs, training and post design services. Eco charger will supply the systems from its Weston-Super-Mare facility to Supacat for assembly at its Devon facility. Their collaboration has grown out of a five-year relationship of Supacat’s parent, SC Group, representing Eco Charger’s products in Australia and New Zealand.
Russell Crisp, Chairman, Eco Charger, said, “After several years of discussion, development and testing we are delighted to be launching a truly world class E-ATV into the defence marketplace with Supacat”.
Phil Applegarth, Director of Supacat, said, “Vizsla meets the aims of the British Army and of other armed forces in moving towards a non-hydrocarbon future and fits perfectly with Supacat’s current and future strategy”.
The military E-ATV follows on from Supacat’s work with Exeter University on the Electric All-Terrain Military Platform (ATMP) and on a hybrid drive version of its `Jackal` vehicle for the UK MoD working with NP Aerospace and Magtec under the Protected Mobility Engineering & Technical Support (PMETS) programme.
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Supacat is the world’s leading specialist in the design and development of high mobility defence vehicles with over 1000 specialist, battle-proven vehicles delivered into service globally. Part of SC Group, it is an innovative engineering and design company providing global, defence focussed products and services with offices in the UK and Australia. Its agility and speed enables Supacat to provide and fully support high performance solutions in short timescales. The UK Ministry of Defence’s procurement of Jackal and Coyote vehicles demonstrates the regard in which Supacat’s capabilities and products are held. www.supacat.com
About Eco Charger
From humble beginnings on a North Devon Farm, Eco Charger has rapidly grown over the last decade to become a world leader in the development and manufacture of Electric All-Terrain Vehicles (ETV’s) Their ‘all electric’ robust Quad Bikes have won customers and plaudits across the globe in sectors such as, Eco-Tourism, Farming, Game Reserve Management, Equestrian, Viticulture, Horticulture, Policing, Public Services, Estate Management, as well as leisure and sports activities.www.ecochargerquads.com
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