The lithium technology offers higher power density (kWh per kg) than lead-acid’s. In practice, this translates into a 4 times lighter battery for the same rated capacity. Another key incentive is the lifetime of the batteries with at least twice more cycles expected compared with lead-acid’s, which is backed up by an hassle-free warranty of 5 years.
The flexibility of charging at any point through the day with no maintenance requirement contribute to the overall hassle-free experience.
Lead-acid battery technology is over 100 years old and has been proven to be reliable and relatively inexpensive. Based on your application (low mileage etc.) and budget, as well as maintenance routine, going for Lead could be a sensible option.
Looking back on our experience, if the batteries are correctly maintained, under a mild climate, the lifetime could go as far as 8 to 10 years.
If temperatures are an issue – as low as -20°C or as hot as 45°C – then the lead batteries are the preferred option.
First and eternal question which has no definitive answer. In our utility vehicle segment, the range is not a real issue since most end-users are driving in average 50 km/day. For instance, from collecting waste to maintaining green spaces, municipal agents spend most of their time on the fields rather than in the vehicle so that explains the low mileage.
With a wide range of battery options, our role is to ensure you get the right battery to fit your daily application and budget.
We aligned our data with the new regulations in place so the ranges follow the new WLTP cycle with up to 135 km autonomy.
Based on our extensive experience with long-time customers, the traction lead-acid batteries do last 6 to 8 years. In some cases, we do see vehicles over 10 years old with still the same pack.
Comparable with any other components of the vehicle, the EOL is followed by a strict recycling process - standardized for the last 40 years - which is proven to be very efficient (>80% return rate).
Our current range of vehicles does not need any additional electric installation. Plug the vehicle to any 230V/13A domestic socket.
On request, the G4 can be equipped with the standard Type 2 plug to ensure compatibility with the public charging stations.
The European driving license (class B) is required to use our vehicles homologated Quadricycles or N1 on the roads.
In France, we do offer the specific VASP type approval on the G4 which lifts the requirement of the driving license but limits the max. speed to 25 km/h.
Goupil offer as an option an electric fan heater for the purpose of maintaining the cabin temperatures at acceptable levels. This solution cannot substitute to the optional diesel heating system (WEBASTO) which is proven more adequate in cold environments.
Due to the nature of the applications involving many stop & go’s and door openings, the electric fan heater is the customer most favored option and can be combined with the heating seat option for improved comfort in freezing days.