About Electric Drive bvba
Electric Drive’s founder, Joeri de Ridder, pioneered electric vehicles in Belgium as co-organizer of the Ecomobiel fairs in Antwerp from 2005 till 2009 and with the launch of the Reva electricity-car in 2008 as technical and commercial responsible for Green Mobil nv. The compact Reva was designed in California and manufactured in India by the Reva Electric Car company, later acquired by the Mahindra group.
Joeri founded Electric Drive bvba 10 years ago with the mission to minimize the effects of climate change by encouraging carbon-neutral mobility. With close to 200 compact electric utility vehicles distributed in Belgium, Electric Drive’s clients (mainly municipalities, industry and social services) have accumulated over 5 Mio km of road user experience and the company has a growing team with more than 35 years of combined EV, automotive, mechanical and electrical engineering experience.
Test before you buy
Tell us what model and version you consider buying and we will look for a similar vehicle you can test under real life working conditions for upto one week – completely free of charge. This is the best way to ensure there will be no nasty surprises when you later decide to buy an e-vehicle. We have always promoted this approach and also… our e-vehicles are our best salesmen.
One single point of contact
Are you bored by the waiting music and lack of knowledge of your responder? Not with us: one point of contact and direct answers to your questions: technical, parts, sales, anything. Just call us at 0477-63.39.23 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and you immediately get a clear answer to all your questions about e-mobility.
Service, maintenance & repairs
For more than 10 years we have been focusing exclusively on electric vehicles and we can say we know them by heart. Our e-vehicles work sometimes under severe conditions and many of them are used 24/7 all year round. In case of maintenance, repairs, an accident or a break-down we have our own transportation and dedicated technicians to help you: our team followed extensive trainings at the Goupil factory in Bourran on all Polaris W&T vehicles and we are also trained on the high-voltage system of the Maxus EV80. Small repairs and maintenance can be done at the customer’s place, in other cases we transport the vehicles to our workshop near Antwerp.
As Green As Possible
Low speed vehicles don’t drive to the workshop but the workshop comes to them and to keep your e-vehicle’s footprint as green as possible, we have a unique fleet of service vehicles: the first might look like a regular tow truck (see picture below) but in fact it is a rare model that runs on LPG. We recently bought this tow truck and completely refurbished it with a new engine and new LPG installation. This allows our truck to also operate in Low Emission Zones where our e-vehicles are at work. And it is also cheaper to run. Our other service vehicle is an SUV powered by a hybrid drivetrain and also capable of towing 2000kg. And when your e-vehicle returns from a visit to our workshop, its battery is always topped up by solar power generated by the PV-arrays on the roof of our workshop.
Always on the move
We also have a large fleet of courtesy or rental e-vehicles in different configurations available to our customers, all insured and registered for road-use:
– 2x Goupil G3-2L Tipper
– 1x Goupil G3-2L Pick-up
– 1x Goupil G3-2L Thermo-box
– 1x Goupil G3-1S Van-box
– 1x Goupil G4 Tipper
– 1x Goupil G5E Tipper
– 1x Goupil G5E Van-box
– 1x Maxus EV80
– 1x GEM e4
– 1x Grau Smartworker SW3
We also have a full electric Hill-Tip saltsprayer and an Oeliatec hot-water weed-killer that can be installed on our Goupils and rented together or seperately.
Taylor made to fit every request
We work closely together with companies like BodyConstruct to build and equip your e-vehicle with every option or body possible.
Flemish municipalities can buy direct via Fluvius (Eandis & Infrax) :
Our e-vehicles have been selected under the blanket order organised by Eandis and can be selected via their catalogue. For more info about these special conditions, please contact us.
Buy-back? Yes, please!
If you decide to sell your older e-vehicle after it is f.ex. written off and you decide not to keep it, we are always interested to buy it back. After refurbishing it is ready for a second life as courtesy or rental vehicle or can be offered for sale with a warranty to our customers.
ASBE, AVERE & WEVA
Joeri was Chairman of Avere Belgium from 2007 till 2016 and Chairman of AVERE from 2014 till 2017. AVERE is the leading European network for manufacturers, suppliers, importers and distributors of electrically propelled vehicles (battery, hybrid, fuel cell) and accessories. The purpose of the association is to promote the use of electric vehicles and to support scientific and technological developments. From 2016 till 2017 Joeri also chaired WEVA (World Electric Vehicle Association) where AVERE joins together with EDTA (North America) and EVAAP (Asia-Pacific) to organize the yearly international Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS). http://www.evs31.org/