Delivery Van for UPS and for Pentagon’s SPIDERS Program
Colorado’s UQM Technologies this morning disclosed a three-year supply agreement with neighboring Boulder Electric Vehicle for electric motors and controllers for all-electric trucks, including delivery vans for UPS and for work in connection with the Department of Defense SPIDERS grid security program.
Boulder EV thus becomes the latest customer for the UQM’s new PowerPhase HD 220 drivetrain.
“This new supply agreement with Boulder Electric Vehicle expands our business with the company, providing them with the efficiency and quality advantages in an all-electric powertrain that their customers are looking for,” UQM president and CEO Eric Ridenour said in a release.
‘The Power Level We Wanted’
The PowerPhase HD 220 will be the core of Boulder’s DV-500 commercial vehicle, UQM says, noting that the platform will support delivery vans, flatbed trucks and service body trucks.
UQM (NYSE:UQM) says it’s been shipping PowerPhase HD 220 systems under the agreement to Boulder over the past two months.
“In addition to the power level we wanted for our DV-500 all-electric platform, the UQM systems also provide outstanding efficiency, which will help us meet our driving range goals,” said Boulder EV CEO Carter Brown says in the UQM release.
“We have been very happy with the performance and efficiency of UQM systems previously incorporated into our vehicles, and we are looking forward to using the PowerPhase HD 220 system which was designed to meet the unique needs of commercial vehicles,” Brown said.
SPIDERS is the Pentagon’s the Pentagon’s Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security program, in which vehicle-to-grid technology may play a role. Boulder EV claimed the first successful V2G trials involving battery electric trucks, and demonstrated its V2G system, at last month’s ACT Expo 2013 exhibition in Washington, D.C. (F&F, June 30).
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