• Upcycle Green Technology is a small business from Prince Edward Island

  • Vehicles are extensively modified 2009 to 2013 Toyota Corolla

  • The company aims to manufacture 100 vehicles in its first year of production in 2023

A small company in Prince Edward Island (PEI) claims to have found a solution to the lack of small electric utility vehicles on the market.

Upcycle Green Technology is about to start production of its first vehicle, which is a small electric pickup truck made by removing the engine and cutting off the roof of a 2009-2013 Toyota Corolla.

Two prototypes are already on the road and the company says it has already received orders for around twenty vans.

The company primarily targets small businesses with this vehicle, especially those in construction-related industries such as plumbing.

Although the trucks are priced at C$35,000, about $5,000 more than an entry-level Ford Maverick or Chevrolet Colorado, Upcycle Green Technology says they will be more cost-effective for owners.

Indeed, company engineer Natal Antonini says the average fuel consumption for light trucks in the small province is 15 liters per 100 kilometres, which translates to about $30 to travel 100 kilometres.

He says his company’s electric vans could cover the same distance for just $2.50, recouping the higher purchase price in no time. The total range, however, will only be 150 kilometres, which means that these vehicles will be more suitable for city driving.

Being a small company, the planned production rate is not very high with 100 units expected in 2023, but the manufacturer plans to double this number in the coming months.

Upcycle Green Technology has a lot of ambition because, in addition to doubling its production rate, it is already considering offering another more expensive model with increased electrical autonomy.

Source: Radio Canada

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