Cenntro Automotive aims to fill the apparent ‘EV gap’ in urban logistics. While cutting edge autonomous electric cars and heavy vehicles capable of long distance travel continue to gain traction, the logistics space, especially as it pertains to urban friendly last mile/road to door delivery, remains largely underserved in terms of EV innovations. Cenntro seeks to address the market needs in this particular niche with the leadership of its visionary founder Peter Wang and key executives, and the multi faceted expertise of its employees.
“Cenntro’s raison d’être is to put forward EVs that compete in the same price spectrum of internal combustion engines without compromising in quality, reliability, and functionality,” says Marianne McInerney, CMO of Cenntro Automotive. Cenntro’s first LSV EV, the Metro, in addition to being best suited for last-mile delivery, can serve ideally as municipal services including garbage trucks and utility vehicles for several areas, including warehouses, airports, and manufacturing floors. They are even being used as vehicles with refrigeration facilities for grocery delivery. “Since its introduction in 2014, Metro has produced and delivered in more than 20 countries and has driven more than 20 million miles,” says Marianne. With multiple variations and applications, the Metro has also served as the company’s seedbed for other innovative EVs suitable for even broader applications.
The recently launched LS200 for the EU and LS400 for the US houses best-of-breed software for telematics, route optimization, and vehicle performance monitoring, to name a few. As an urban utility EV, the LS200 is purpose-built to cruise through narrow European streets with a range of 190 miles and a one-ton payload capacity. Going beyond fulfilling road-to-door delivery,LS200 finds ideals use in warehouse delivery, port to warehouse logistics, airport cargo delivery, and emergency services.
ORV is another offering in the company’s EV lineup that is best suited for off road utility, land management, and recreational purposes.
Cenntro regards its newly launched iChassis as the biggest outgrowth of Metro. The autonomous iChassis amalgamates Cenntro’s best technology and manufacturing process. It could, in many ways, be the biggest game-changer in the autonomous vehicles landscape. The Cenntro iChassis system is akin to an app on a smart phone allowing users to download different variations for various industry verticals. The scope of its application spans from delivery services, sanitation services, mobile vending, and perchance it can open portals to new application areas. The world witnessed the might of iChassis in January 2022 at the Electronic show in Las Vegas. “With the introduction of iChassis, we can redefine the use of autonomous driving within the commercial environment,” continued Marianne.
Cenntro’s raison d’être is to put forward EVs that compete in the same price spectrum of ICE (internal combustion engines) without compromising in quality, reliability, and functionality
With such novel offerings, Cenntro is more of a technology company rather than an EV manufacturer. Evidently, the company transcends other competitors with its in house developed software features that integrate data management and AI. Cenntro understands every client’s duty cycle requirements differ, and a one-size-fits-all may not be the way forward. As such, their customer centric business model goes the extra mile to meet client expectations with personalized features
For example, when one of their clients, a Tokyo based delivery service partner, placed an order for the Metro, Cenntro analyzed that client’s duty cycle and customized Metro into a more robust design that best met that client’s line of work becoming the first commercial EV to be certified in Japan. With 3,300 plus EVs in operation across the globe, Cenntro is synonymous with numerous such customer success stories. Having silently carved a unique niche in the EV landscape, the company, looking ahead, plans to expand its office to other locations. “To truly impact climate change, we have to provide cost effective solutions to every business, big or small that is how we transfigure commercial transportation with EV and that is Cenntro’s mission,” concludes Marianne.