The Company

The ARI Motors GmbH offers the currently smallest electric transport vehicle with European road approval. The name ARI represents the Japanese term of “ant” – a description of how powerful, flexible and versatile our vehicles are.

Our declared aim is to bring low-priced and efficient electric transport vehicles onto European streets. These are perfectly customized for the use on the “last mile”. They are applicable for small entrepreneurs and medium-sized companies as well as the fleets of large corporations.

We offer specially designed vehicle bodies for every possible requirements analogous to conventional transport vehicles. Accordingly, our spectrum of vehicles ranges from pickup to box bodies to ones with tarpaulin structures. We even offer individually configured cooling and heating boxes as well as tippers or alcoves. All vehicle bodies – adjusted to the requirements of our customers – are produced in our manufactory near Prague. Here, our vehicles are aligned to the European market and to meet the quality standard of our customers.

The electric vehicle platform is provided by the Chinese producer Jiayuan EV. It is impressing with its decent power, its low weight and its high mobility. The Jiayuan EV has its seat in Nanjing and is developing and manufacturing successful electric vehicles since 1982. Today, it is producing more than 50.000 electric vehicles per year – mostly for the Asian market.

The combination of the well-tried platform and the customized vehicle bodies makes our models unique. With us, every customer receives the ideal transport solution – adaptable, low-priced and 100% electric.

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How it all began - The ARI Motors story

The three founders Daniel Jacob, Thomas Kuwatsch and Pavel Pilus are all fans of cars and have been working together for more than 10 years in various projects concerning automobility. Over time, the mutual interest in electromobility increased, while also facing the relatively high costs of electromobility in Europe. All three of them shared the opinion that e-mobility has to be economically viable now and not in the distant future. With the aim to produce “low-priced and practical” utility vehicles and to establish them on the European market, they went out to look for an electric solution for business customers in 2016.

Thomas Kuwatsch

Pavel Pilious

Daniel Jacob

Tomas Pilous

Rene Castellanos


Due to the fact that the Asian market offered already a diverse range regarding electromobility, the founders met an appropriate and already established partner in Jiayuan EV to implement their idea of electromobility. A first prototype received the European road approval in the same year, namely 2017. At first, selling the vehicles started in the Czech Republic via the distribution partner velorXtrike s.r.o. In cooperation with the first customers, the company developed optimizations and accommodations to satisfy the higher quality standards of the European market and its customers.

By doing this, the qualifications for an entry in the German market were fulfilled – at first under the brand VXT-Deutschland OHG in 2018. Since the beginning of 2019 the company operates under the name ARI Motors GmbH which functions as an umbrella brand for continually expanding the range of models. To this day, the number of vehicle bodies of the electric transport vehicle was raised from two up to eight. Together with customers, the company developed individual and branch-specific transport solutions that are designed and produced in the company-owned manufactory. More new vehicle bodies and models will follow in the future.