The Aixam Mega is a French manufacturer of light trucks in Aix-les-Bains. The company manufactures light commercial vehicles under the Aixam and Mega vehicle brands in the factory of the former manufacturer Arola. Aixam Mega is designed for those who are looking for a small and light truck that can serve short delivery missions with minimum cost. The LCV is offered with both diesel and electric engines and is available in four different baking styles with pickup, dropside, and chassis cabin options. Aixam was one of the first companies to focus on the development of electric vehicles and its range also includes the Mega model which is a versatile light commercial vehicle that can handle a wide range of applications. In Britain, they are classified as a category of Axiam Mega because of their weight and power output. It requires a category B1 license to operate them legally. In January 2013, the law was changed so that special limited low-power versions of the car can now be driven by full AM licensees in the UK.
Aixam Mega Design
Aixam Mega designs manufacture and sells passenger and light service ATVs under the Aixam and Mega brands. Aixam Mega ATVs are all-wheel drive off-road vehicles that are characterized by low weight, low speed, and the ability to drive in many countries without a full driver’s license. The company has a history of strong financial performance and profitable growth, with a turnover of approximately USD 110 million in 2012 through a distribution network of more than 400 European dealers. The most electric vehicle on the market today, the Aixam Mega has a rather strange face. The short nose and long posture are combined with rounded corners and a flashy style that looks like a toy of a 6-year-old child. With a length of just over 2.92 m and a width of just 1.5 m, the Mega has truly compact dimensions and is even smaller than the Suzuki Carry. The Aixam Mega will undoubtedly attract attention immediately because, in addition to the strange design, it also has a two-tone body color, which further helps it to stand out from the crowd.
At the front, the car gets two large circular headlights, which are combined with a vertical windshield, a chopped hood, and a massive bumper, which emphasizes its useful character. To have a top-of-the-line steering wheel and easily handle even the narrowest aisles, the front wheels are pushed, making the front overhangs incredibly small. The common sheet metal used in conventional light commercial vehicles has been replaced by an acrylic plastic body, a material that is reliably resistant to minor scratches that can occur under difficult working conditions. The chassis is made of solid aluminum, which means that it will be fully protected against corrosion and thus offers a longer service life.
Aixam Mega Engine
The Aixam Mega is powered by a 600cc two-cylinder Kubota diesel, which develops only 15 hp and 34 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a continuously variable transmission, which handles the car’s usefulness relatively well. The battery-powered version features either 8 or 12 Absorbed Glass Mat batteries, which offer up to 40 miles between charges, perfect for short delivery missions. Axiam Mega is very slow and doesn’t like to rush. Despite its limited performance, however, it handles a relatively decently light payload and can be considered a very practical ultralight commercial vehicle. The battery version does not have a gearbox and uses a centrifugal clutch for pedaling, which is very easy to operate.
Aixam Mega Interior
The compact external dimensions are reflected in the relatively cramped interior. The dashboard of Axiam Mega has a simple and basic design that seeks to maximize space utilization. Needless to say, plastic belongs to the hard class and you won’t find any soft surface. However, the assembly quality is quite good and the fittings look durable. The standard center console, which can be found in every vehicle, has been replaced by a centrally mounted gear lever head. The sound system is located above the gear lever and below it are several controls for various functions. Fortunately, everything is within reach and the gear lever head easily fits in your hand. The seats are cramped and you have limited head and leg space. They are offered with some modifications, but it will be very difficult to find a comfortable position behind the wheel, especially if you are a tall type. The instrument panel is also basic, but has an intuitive layout and is easy to read. We also like the steering wheel, which looks quite modern and, despite its relatively small dimensions, holds up well and is not disturbing. The equipment includes features such as 2-speed wipers, an ashtray, a sound system, 3-speed heating, and nothing more.