A green alternative to fleets of diesel powered delivery vehicles is on the cards as two Midland firms unite on a zero emission electric alternative.
The idea is to come up with a practical inner-city van which can fly around at speeds of 50mph with a two tonne load and a range of over 150 miles.
Coventry-based design and development team Modec Vehicles has awarded a contract to near neighbours NPL Technologies in Nuneaton to create cab panels and parts for its prototype electric vehicle.
A Modec spokesman declined to revealed the value of the deal but said a full production version could run into several million pounds.
He said the idea was to create the first high performance electric delivery van to enter the UK's light commercial market. The van will be powered by new generation batteries.
He said: "We aim to launch the new vehicle in the New Year. We have gone through the demonstration stage and are now set to produce prototypes.
"We believe this will be entirely new alternative to traditional delivery vehicles such as the Transit or the Mercedes Sprinter."
A spokesman for NPL said the firm had developed a production method from which it would manufacture master patterns and models.
He said: " Key factors in winning the contract were not only the reduced costs of the tooling but also the surface finish of panels."
Tony Lowe, managing director of NPL, said: "We are delighted to be involved with such an evolutionary vehicle."