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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 started Electric Drive bvba 10 years ago with the mission to minimize the effects of climate change by encouraging carbon-neutral mobility. With over 300 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 40 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 info@electricdrive.be 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 truck in the picture below may look like a regular tow truck but in fact it is a rare model that runs on LPG. We 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.

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.

About GOUPIL

Goupil Industrie is the European market leader in compact electric utility vehicles based in the South West of France. Goupil was created in 1996 by Pascal Duclos, electrical engineer, and engineer Thierry Zerbato, an articulated boom specialist. The two partners used forklift technology to design their first electric utility vehicle. The company’s workforce has grown to over 150 employees and is now a 100% subsidiary of Polaris Industries, USA.

GOUPIL INDUSTRIE Key Figures

Over 20 000 vehicles produced / Present in 35 countries / 1000+ clients in Europe

300+ vehicles in Belgium / 46M€ turnover in 2017 / 60% turnover from export markets

Some of our leading belgian customers

Cities & Provincial Domains*:

Aalter, Alden-Biesen*, Anderlecht, Antwerp, Beringen, Brussels, Blankenberge, De Blaarmeersen*, De Brielmeersen*, De Gavers*, Destelheide*, De Halve Maan*, De Hoge Rielen*, De Schorre*, De Ster*, Edegem, Faimes, Geel, Ghent, Huizingen*, Kessel-Lo*, Kortrijk, Lennik, Meise, Mortsel, Namen, Niel, Nivelles, Puyenbroek*, Rivierenhof*, Ronse, Sint-Agatha-Berchem, Sint-Martens-Latem, Sint-Truiden, Soignies, Tervuren, Ukkel, Vosselaar, Vrijbroekpark*, Wijnegem, Zilvermeer*

Industry, social sector, leisure :

Abattoir Anderlecht, ACIS, Agfa-Gevaert, Arcelor-Mittal, Bellewaerde, B-Rail, Borgerstein, Center & SunParcs, CYCLO, Delen Private Bank, DHL, DOW Silicones, Eandis, Ecopostale, Emmaus, Farys, FED-EX, Group-F, Google, Hamer, Manus, NATO-HQ, NMBS, New Holland, Sibelco, SPFB, Traflux, UCL, Umicore, Verbeke Tankopslag, VF-Europe, WeerWerk

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).