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Amp EVs for Navistar Step Van

August 28, 2012 in batteries, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘First Step’ Toward Large EVs for Urban Delivery Segment

Ohio’s Amp Electric Vehicles reports delivery of a 100-mile, pure battery electric, heavy commercial step van to Navistar. The Amp driveline, which replaces a thirsty diesel engine, is suitable for both retrofit and new-vehicle use, says Amp president Steve Burns.

Amp is using twin HVH250-90 motors from Remy International.

Amp calls it a “first step” with Navistar toward a large commercial EV for the urban delivery market.

Amp is using twin HVH250-90 motors from Remy International, and lithium iron phosphate cells from China in a water-cooled battery pack by Amp, including an Amp battery management system.

The EVs being built under the Amp-Navistar agreement have a maximum gross vehicle weight of 19,500 lbs.

A big brother to the battery-electric eStar?

“To push that much metal 100 miles on a single-charge is a big deal,” Burns told F&F. He sees great opportunity among operators who are now getting just 8 miles per gallon on diesel from existing trucks.

“A lot of these guys keep them 20 years,” he says – as rising fuel costs make existing-vehicle conversions increasingly attractive.

“It lends itself to new vehicles as well,” Burns says of the Amp installation.

A typical 1,000 cubic foot delivery truck may make over 200 stops per day and still travel under 100 miles, Amp says.

Amp EVs, Mike Dektas, 513-266-3590; [email protected];

Navistar, Chris Schneider, 331-332-2806; [email protected];

Remy International, Tony Monda, 765-778-6829; [email protected];


Source: Amp Electric Vehicles release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up





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