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