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Canadian-designed electric pickup truck makes debut at Toronto trade show

Designed and tested in Canada, the Havelaar Group's Bison is an all-electric pickup truck that can travel 300 km on a single charge and handle some off-road duty


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Havelaar describes the Bison’s body style as “distinguished and harmonious.” Regardless of the adjective, this truck’s unique aesthetic is sure to turn heads. PHOTO: Bent Zajac via Havelaar Canada

TORONTO—The Canadian division of the Havelaar Group—an electric vehicle firm with operations in Canada, the Netherlands and China—is unveiling its all-electric pickup truck, the Bison, in Markham, Ont. on May 30.

The Bison will make its debut at the EV/VÉ Conference and Trade Show, an annual event run by Electric Mobility Canada that hosts the latest innovations in Canada’s electric vehicle industry.

Havelaar Canada says the Bison, designed and tested in Canada, is built for the unforgiving weather and challenging terrain that typifies this country.

Capable of travelling 300 km on a single charge, this truck features a dual-motor, a fully-electric powertrain, integrated electronic management, all-wheel drive and a carbon fibre reinforced steel space frame—which Havelaar says provides extremely high torsional rigidity.

The company says the Bison’s off-road capabilities allow for 54 per cent hill start and 21 per cent hill climb at full load.

According to Havelaar, the Bison also boasts instant connectivity, a touchscreen display, driver assistive technology and a high-current power socket for tools.

Havelaar Canada is currently taking reservations for Bison pre-orders on its website. No information on price is currently available.

In addition to bringing its EV pickup to the Canadian market, Havelaar has committed to research and development in Canada by forming a partnership with the University of Toronto.

The University of Toronto – Havelaar Electric Vehicle Research Centre focuses on powertrain, autonomous driving and energy management technologies to improve electric vehicles.

The Bison features a flexible configuration battery pack, which is placed to achieve a low centre of gravity. PHOTO: Bent Zajac via Havelaar Canada


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