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ALTe Targets Faster Fleet Placements

June 8, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘We Intend to Take a Crowdsourcing Approach,’ Says CEO

ALTe Powertrain Technologies, citing a Clinton Global Initiative commitment, has vowed to step up the placement of its plug-in hybrid electric vehicle conversions, in part via a new website designed to connect corporate and government vehicle purchasers with electric transportation stakeholders.

ALTe earlier this year added Ford E-350 vans to its product lineup.

The stakeholders include utilities, charging station providers, and finance companies.

The new website is It will “notify customers of all available incentives, while offering the benefits of group-rate purchases and simplifying the order-to-delivery process,” ALTe says. Fleet buyers will be able to “consolidate the entire electric vehicle decision-making process in one simple web-based interface.”

ALTe is commercializing Ford PHEV conversions for which it replaces the factory V-8 with a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder Ford engine and installs a Remy motor and A123 lithium ion battery pack. The result is a range-extended electric vehicle with fuel efficiency improved by 80 to 200%. ALTe vehicles come standard with an SAE  J1772-compliant Level 2 charge port and optional high-speed DC charge port.

The firm recently added Ford E-350 vans to its F-150 pickup truck offering.

ALTe launched the beta version of the website on June 7.

ALTe calls its Clinton Global Initiative commitment “a first-of-its-kind electric vehicle fleet purchasing system.”

“Our commitment to the CGI community is to help solve the greatest roadblocks to commercial adoption of electric and plug in hybrid vehicles: eliminating the lack of affordability and simplifying the EV and charging station order fulfillment process,” ALTe CEO John Thomas said in a release.

“With, we intend to take a crowdsourcing approach to generate a new industry buying platform that helps fleets better transition to a cleaner operation, offer financial benefits to customers and grow new jobs for the future of America,” Thomas said.

ALTe has a 185,000-square-foot headquarters facility in Auburn Hills, Mich. where it intends to assemble powertrains to ship to installation locations “across North America.” A big-name installation partner will be named soon, says sales and marketing VP Dennis Baranik.

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