Medium-Duty Battery Truck Durability Trials with Ohio’s TRC
Hoping to make the case that its pure battery medium duty truck conversions can save operators $100,000 over a vehicle’s remaining ten years of service, Ohio’s Amp Electric Vehicles has engaged TRC (Transportation Research Center, also of Ohio) “to independently test the vehicle to ensure it can survive the rigors of package delivery in an environment where it is common to keep vans in service for 20 years or more.”
Amp is bidding to re-power existing Navistar diesel step vans with an all-electric driveline for major fleet operators.
Amp claims a unique all-electric drive with twin HVH250 motors from Remy “that produces 250 kilowatts and accelerates the 19,500 GVW vehicle faster than the original factory-installed diesel engine does.
“The system has a total energy storage system of 100 kilowatt-hours that can push the 1,000 cubic foot vehicle 100 miles on a single charge,” Amp says.
“With our Amp electric truck design, concerns about range are eliminated from the equation,” founder and CEO Steve Burns says in a January 28 release. “Vans in this type of duty cycle, and of this size, typically travel routes of about 65 miles.”
“We believe there are significant financial and environmental benefits as well.” Burns said. “Our calculations indicate that our Amp E-Truck offers fuel and maintenance savings of nearly $100,000 per vehicle over a ten-year period.
Commercial Components, Proprietary Software
“The fuel and maintenance savings are a significant amount of annual costs, when compared to diesel fuel usage and maintenance across a large fleet of medium-duty vehicles.”
Amp buys large format prismatic lithium iron phosphate cells primarily from China Aviation and builds its own battery packs using a commercially available BMS (battery management system), says company president Marty Rucidlo.
“We buy automotive grade off-the-shelf components,” Rucidlo told F&F. “We put them together with a proprietary software and format that’s unique in the industry.”
“Since Amp E-Trucks are battery-powered, zero-emission vehicles, we’re helping improve the environment while we’re helping businesses and fleets better their economics,” Rucidlo said in the TRC testing announcement.
“This is a winning solution for everyone.”
Amp EVs, CEO Steve Burns, 513-550-2134; [email protected]
Amp EVs, president Marty Rucidlo, 513-310-3460 or 513-257-3548; [email protected]
Source: Amp Electric Vehicles release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up