Made-in-Missouri ‘t-001’ PHEV Is Designed for Fleets
Missouri’s Emerald Automotive, which earlier this year launched its plug-in hybrid electric van as the t-001, reports certification of its demonstrator vehicle DV2 by the UK’s Vehicle Certification Agency.
“I am delighted to see the vehicles in action, being put through their paces as part of the van development program,” Emerald Automotive CEO Andy Tempest said in a release as tests began at Britain’s Millbrook Proving Ground in the United Kingdom.
Now the t-001 is street-legal. “The vehicle has already been in action in Germany demonstrating to potential customers and suppliers,” Emerald says.
With a 25 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack and 75-kilowatt motor, the t-001 is to have a battery-only range of 66 miles.
“The vehicle, specifically designed for global fleet customers, will reduce emissions by 80% and reduce lifetime costs for fleet operators,” Emerald says. It will slash operating costs more than five-fold, the company says.
Hazelwood, Mo.-based Emerald describes itself the development and production company that will bring the t-001 to market. Emerald cites firms like Revolve Technologies, Ricardo, Rinehart Motion, the Advanced Composites Group, Evo Electric and the UK’s Axeon (lithium ion battery technology) among its technical partners. Fuel cell specialist Intelligent Energy is named as a commercial partner, along with numerous financial organizations.
The project in an earlier form was publicized a year and a half ago at EVS-25, the world electric vehicles show in Shenzhen, China (F&F, November 29, 2010). Emerald last year reported a $5 million loan approval from the City of Hazelwood and the Missouri Technology Corporation.
Andy Tempest is Emerald Automotive CEO, Ian Collins is technical director, and Gary Marble is sales director.
Production of the t-011 plug-in van is to commence in the U.S. in 2014.
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