Electric Vehicles International is opening an office in Farmington Hills, Mich. on February 1.
EVI will continue to do most of its vehicles work at its Stockton, Calif. headquarters, where it is adding two assembly lines and a machine shop, says sales VP Frank Jenkins. The Detroit-area location is initially for sales and marketing, but could take on light vehicle servicing work too, he told F&F.
Additional service locations are being considered, Jenkins says, as EVI wants to be able to support customers not only in California and Michigan but in such emerging EV hotspots as New York, New Jersey, Atlanta, Dallas and Memphis.
Separately, Colorado’s UQM Technologies (AMEX:UQM) said January 3 that it has an order for 100 of its PowerPhase HD Select 200 drivelines all-electric UPS delivery vans built by EVI (Fleets & Fuels reported UQM as the motor supplier last summer; F&F, August 29).
“We are building PowerPhase HD Select 200 systems for these vehicles now and will deliver our first shipment to EVI this quarter,” UQM president and CEO Eric Ridenour said in a release. The UQM drive includes a 200-kilowatt (268 horsepower)/900 N-m (664 foot-lb) electric motor/generator and controller. It is designed specifically for commercial vehicles.
The 100 Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp-based vehicles for UPS will have FCCC’s new aerodynamic EV body by Morgon Olson. The first are to be delivered by this spring. EVI uses lithium iron phosphate batteries from its affiliate Valence Technology (NASDAQ:VLNC).
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