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First EVI Battery Trucks to UPS

August 5, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Stockton, Calif.-based Electric Vehicles International has begin delivery of 100 fully battery electric delivery trucks to UPS.

post updated on August 13

Aerodynamic body by Morgan Olson on Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp frame with 100% pure battery electric UQM-Valence driveline installed by Electric Vehicles International for UPS.

The battery trucks by EVI represent “the largest single deployment of zero tailpipe emission delivery vehicles in the state,” UPS said in publicizing the order last year (F&F, August 29, 2011).

The trucks have EVI drivetrains on the eCell walk-in van platform by Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. They have the lightweight aerodynamic Morgan Olson body for EVs unveiled at HTUF 2010 in Dearborn, Mich. (F&F, October 4, 2010) and first seen here in UPS brown last month (F&F, July 17).

EVI president Ricky Hanna in the driver’s seat as his firm has begun deliveries of 100 pure battery electric deivery trucks to UPS.

UQM PowerPhase HD Select 200 drive as installed by EVI for UPS

Fully bodied gliders in full UPS livery are delivered to Stockton, where EVI installs PowerPhase HD Select motors and power electronics from UQM Technologies (AMEX:UQM) and lithium iron magnesium phosphate batteries by EVI affiliate Valence Technology (OTCQB:VLNC).

EVI makes the 33-kilowatt-hour battery packs (there are three per vehicle), as well as wiring harnesses. Mounting hardware is fabricated in-house in a metal shop fully equipped for forming, drilling, annealing and coating.

Three vehicles had been delivered as of Friday, as EVI is now finishing the trucks at a rate of about one per day, says GM Robert Falcon. Most are destined for the San Bernardino area, he says, although trucks will be based at UPS facilities in Sacramento and Ceres (Modesto) too.

All 100 are to be delivered for California service by year-end.

EVI technician Kheng Oung prepares a 33-kilowatt EVI battery box using lithium iron phosphate units from Valence Technology.

Hard at work on the wiring harness

EVI has a dyno unit from Ohio’s Mustang Dynamometer for testing its finished vehicles, and is in the processing of installing a more powerful, “rolling-road” Mustang machine suitable for new driveline engineering.

EVI expects to produce five battery electrics with similar UQM-Valence drivelines but based on the Daimler Freightliner M2 Business Class medium duty truck, for Frito-Lay (F&F, March 26).

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Source: Fleets & Fuels visit to EVI in Stockton, Calif., follow-up

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