Is America’s First Fully Integrated Provider of Battery Trucks,
Following ACT Expo Reports CARB Approval for HVIP Program
They’re calling it Workhorse 2.0. Ohio’s Amp Holding acquired Workhorse brand (and Indiana factory and national network of 440 dealers) from Navistar for $5 million earlier this year, and mounted its first-ever ACT Expo appearance late last month to debut the all-electric step van it says promises quick payback for fleet operators.
“With this acquisition,” the company said in March, “Amp will be positioned to be the first truck OEM in the United States to offer a range of alternative fuel vehicles produced in an automated assembly plant.”
Among the notables at ACT Expo 2013 in Washington, D.C. were former New Mexico Governor (and Amp Electric Vehicles board member) Bill Richardson and, familiar to many in the alt fuels world, Amp sales VP Jay Sandler, formerly of Azure Dynamics and Impco Automotive.
Up to $60,000 Per Truck from HVIP
Parent Amp Holding (OTCBB:AMPD) has also reported that its Class 3-6 medium-duty E-100 Workhorse walk-in electric step vans, have been approved by the California Air Resources Board for funding under HVIP, the Hybrid and Zero Emission Truck Voucher Incentive Project: “Purchasers and participating dealers of these trucks are eligible to receive a voucher up to $60,000 on each vehicle,” Amp said. “The program has helped lower the upfront cost while accelerating the payback.”
The CARB board is to meet on July 25 to consider clean air allocations for fiscal 2014-2015, including $5 million for HVIP.
Amp plans to recommence Workhorse production at the 200,000-square-foot factory in Union City, Ind. with a decided emphasis on battery electrics.
Amp is using power-dense Remy motors and large format prismatic lithium iron phosphate battery cells primarily from China Aviation. Amp builds its own battery packs using a commercially available BMS (battery management system).
PSI Engines for Amp’s Fossil Fuel Trucks
“We want to be known as a horse of a different color,” says Burns – “green.”
Also at ACT Expo 2013 in Washington, Ill.-based Power Solutions International promoted Amp’s use of PSI powertrains with 4.8- and 6.0-liter GM engines for gasoline-, propane-, and CNG-fueled Workhorse models.
The PSI agreement with Amp “marks another significant step for PSI in developing its on-highway program,” said PSI president and CEO Gary Winemaster.
“Amp is committed to pushing the fleet industry forward,” said Amp president Marty Rucidlo. “This collaboration with PSI will help us do that by offering a full range of cost-effective, alternative-fuel engines designed for today’s market.”
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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2013 in Washington, D.C.