Boulder Electric Vehicle’s Delivery Truck Arrives

Colorado-based electric vehicle manufacturer Boulder Electric Vehicle recently delivered a truck to its very first paying customer—a local plumbing company. The truck, named the DV 500, is an electric delivery truck that the company has had in development for 18 months.

Boulder’s truck is not cheap, coming in at about $70,000, but the company says one of their models only costs seven cents a mile to operate. Taking into account maintenance, fuel costs and vehicle life, that could save a business owner about $5,000 to $8,000 dollars per year, per truck.

image via Boulder Electric Vehicles

So just what will a Boulder customer get for the money? The Boulder is powered by a lithium-ion phosphate battery that spins an AC motor. That combo provides customers with a top speed of 65 mph and the choice of a truck capable of 40, 80 or 100 miles of range, depending on battery selection.

The truck’s 21-foot-long chassis is composed of a lightweight aluminum composite while the body is made up of a rust-proof unibody composite. Inside there is 4,000 pounds of payload capacity and 864 cubic feet of cargo space. And for a delivery truck, the Boulder has some surprising features, including inside LED lighting, a built-in tire pressure monitoring system, electric-assisted power steering, forced air heating and cooling in the cab as well as a side entrance into the cab, which makes for a safer environment for the delivery driver.

Even though the Boulder looks a bit retro from the outside, the company says they have invested heavily in the truck’s aerodynamics to provide efficiency and aid stability in gusty conditions. To that end, the truck also features easily replaceable flat glass windshields.

Steve Duda lives in West Seattle, WA with three dogs and a lot of outdoor gear. A part-time fly fishing fishing guide and full-time writer, Steve’s work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Seattle Weekly, American Angler, Fly Fish Journal, The Drake, Democracy Now! and many others.

    • Notarichman

      I like it, but if you are going to report an event like this; then why not include comparisons with other trucks?u00a0 That way your readers can see if it is a good deal or not.u00a0 Compare both internal combustion and other electric delivery trucks with it.

    • Troy Lentz

      Thanks so much for running this article… You have the wrong picture of the vehicle.. but the article is right on.. This truck also runs MiMod as the gauges in the truck. If your looking for a awesome delivery truck Boulder EV is turning them out!

    • Victorsalcedor

      Because we want to move away form from oil and gas devices? I think there should be a 10 year plan to convert most if not all vehicles into electric/solar. People in the oil business can move onto the electric powered stuff and take those same employees into that business itself. In fact it would be safer for most oil rig employees.u00a0