Shipments for All-Electric Shuttle Vans to Begin This Month
Kentucky’s Zenith Motors has chosen the PowerPhase Pro 135 electric driveline from Colorado’s UQM Technologies for its all-electric shuttle vans, UQM reports.
The selection of followed “a year of competitive testing,” UQM says. Shipments are to begin this month.
“This agreement with Zenith Motors demonstrates the strength of our product variety, giving us the ability to provide the right power and efficiency for a broad customer base,” UQM president and CEO Eric Ridenour said in a release.
“Zenith Motors will be using our PowerPhase Pro 135 volume production system, which complements our larger PowerPhase HD systems for heavier commercial vehicle applications.”
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The UQM PowerPhase Pro 135 provides peak power of 135 kilowatts with 60 kilowatts continuous – 190 and 80 horsepower. UQM offers the PowerPhase HD 220 and 950T systems for heavier commercial vehicle applications.
Crestview Hills, Ky.-based Zenith Motors provides electric shuttle vans for hospitals, schools, airports, parking facilities and the hospitality industry, UQM says. Lifetime savings – the Zenith vans use no gasoline at all – can amount to $100,000 per vehicle.
The Zenith vans are reportedly based on a commercial vehicle by Fiat “that will soon be available in North America under Chrysler’s Ram brand as the ProMaster.”
Lithium ion battery packs (56 kilowatt-hours) provide a single-charge range of 70 to 75 miles, states a Zenith brochure.
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