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Karma Partners with Ayro on Electric Mini-Trucks

Targeting maintenance, catering, short-hop delivery work

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Karma Automotive is jumping into the U.S. electric delivery vehicle market.

The company, better-known for its high-powered sport sedans, has partnered with Texas-based EV builder Ayro to develop a family of light-duty electric delivery vehicles.

The companies hope to deliver more than 20,000 units over the next three years.

Campus Duties

The next-generation Ayro trucks will be tailored mainly for campus use by hospitals, universities, airports, hotels, municipalities and other nonautomotive markets. The partners plan to focus on North America initially.

Karma will contribute its design and engineering services and the custom-production capabilities of its 550,000 sq-ft Innovation and Customization Center outside Los Angeles. The year-old center offers fabrication, body assembly, robotic paint shop and powertrain integration.

Ayro’s current Club Car 411 family  (Image: Ayro)

Ayro, which was founded three years ago, will provide its own production, marketing and supply chain experience.

This isn’t Karma’s first exploration of the delivery vehicle market. In April the company partnered on the Karma E-Flex Van with chipmaker Nvidia and Chinese startup WeRide.ai. The concept rides on Karma’s electric “skateboard” platform, which the company says can support 22 electrified vehicle variants.

Ayro’s current Club Car 411 series is based on a two-person, chassis-cab EV that measures about 12 feet long, 4.5 feet wide and 6.5 feet tall. Six sealed lead-acid batteries provide a range of 50 miles and a top speed of 25 mph.

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