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UQM Eyes Heavier EVs with New Drive

April 27, 2012 in EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Colorado’s UQM Technologies (AMEX:UQM) is taking its electric and hybrid vehicle drivelines to a new level with its most powerful electric propulsion system ever.

The PowerPhase HD 220 delivers maximum output of 220 kilowatts and 120 kilowatts continuous (295 and 161 horsepower, respectively).

“The PowerPhase HD 220 is an important addition to our product line and represents a significant opportunity to grow our customer base and drive revenue and market share growth,” president and CEO Eric Ridenour said in a release. “The combination of significant power and high efficiency delivered by the HD 220 is ideal for the commercial heavy-duty trucks and bus markets.”

UQM'€™s new PowerPhase HD 220 takes the firm to the heavier truck and bus market, as it delivers maximum output of 220 kilowatts and 120 kilowatts continuous (295 and 161 horsepower, respectively).

The HD 220 is production-ready and would be built in the UQM volume-production manufacturing facility in Colorado. It joins UQM’s PowerPhase Pro 100 and 135 production-validated, automotive-qualified electric propulsion systems for battery EVs and hybrid electric vehicles.

UQM notes that its PowerPhase products power the Coda all-electric passenger car, Proterra’s all-electric composite transit buses, as well as Electric Vehicles International’s all-electric medium-duty truck and walk-in van, including a fleet of 100 UPS delivery vans.

UQM also was selected to power the Audi A1 e-tron and Rolls-Royce 102EX Electric Phantom pre-production test fleet vehicles.

UQM’s PowerPhase HD 220 drive will be introduced at the EVS-26 world electric vehicles meeting, which runs May 6-9 in Los Angeles.

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