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February 25, 2013 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Taking Bids Until March 22 As It Ramps Up Production

Electric Vehicles International is seeking bids for motors,
controllers, charging systems, 
EVSE (electrical vehicle supply equipment) and die casting and metal fabrication services as it ramps up production of all-battery trucks in Stockton, Calif. EVI is taking bids until March 22.

Electric Vehicles International is inviting key component suppliers to make their best offers as it ramps up Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp battery delivery truck production in Stockton, Calif. UPS is an early customer.

Electric Vehicles International is inviting key component suppliers to make their best offers as it ramps up Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp battery delivery truck production in Stockton, Calif. UPS is an early customer.

Demand has been stimulated “by more aggressive government incentives in California, New York and Chicago,” EVI says, making for “a rich market opportunity.” And, with the demise of Enova Systems (F&F, July 17), EVI has emerged as the de facto official drivetrain supplier for battery EVs by Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp.

FCCC and EVI will together target EV-compatible fleets, EVI says, noting that FCCC will display an EVI-drive pure-battery walk-in van at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis next week.

It's mostly UPS for EVI in Stockton -- so far.

It’s mostly UPS for EVI in Stockton — so far.

“We see our work with EVI in the development of all-electric products as an important area of focus and opportunity,” FCCC president Bob Harbin says in an EVI release. “EVI has experienced strong interest in this product,” Harbin said, “and we are excited about what the future holds for the development and expansion of all-electric products in the light- and medium-duty truck market.”

Staying with Valence Batteries

EVI will continue to get its lithium iron phosphate batteries from corporate affiliate Valence Technology, of Austin, Texas. “Valence made us a very competitive bid” – and thus was excluded from Monday’s component solicitation, says EVI president and CEO Ricky Hanna. “Everything else is up for grabs,” Hanna told F&F.

EVI said it’s considering expanding to the Midwest to better serve fleets interested in electric vehicles there.

EVI advised Monday that its current suppliers will receive the new open bid process invitation, along with anticipated 2013 product volumes, on March 1. EVI will also invite “specifically targeted suppliers” to bid, and says that suppliers not current doing business with EVI may submit bids as well.


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Source: EVI release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up 

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