Battery Vans for National Bakery Company Spur Union City Re-Opening
Amp Trucks has an order for battery electric Workhorse E-100 walk-in vans to be operated on New York routes by a national bakery chain. Amp is re-opening the Workhorse factory in Union City, Ind. to assemble the W62 chassis-based trucks.
“These vehicles are particularly well-suited for the stop and go nature of route delivery,”, Amp-Workhorse CEO Steve Burns said in a release. “With electric cost of approximately $0.11 per mile, these trucks are remarkably cost-efficient, dependable, zero-emission vehicles.”
“Our customer has one of the largest private fleets in the country and we appreciate the confidence they have shown in working with us,” said Amp-Workhorse president Marty Rucidlo.
‘We Get to Leverage that Chassis’
Amp Trucks purchased the assets of Workhorse Custom Chassis LLC for $5 million from Navistar this past March (F&F, March 7). The purchase gave Amp vertical integration in battery electric delivery trucks, says Burns, noting that his competitors have to buy their chassis.
Prior to the Workhorse buy, “We had an electric drivetrain in search of a chassis,” Burns told F&F. “Now we’re a chassis maker. We get to leverage that chassis.”
Amp uses tried-and-true Remy HVH (high-voltage hairpin) motors for its Workhorse E-100 vans, and what Burns calls “Tesla-type” commodity 18650 lithium ion cells – available from world suppliers like LG, Panasonic and Samsung – in its own proprietary battery packs.
Single-charge range for the E-100 van is stated as 100 miles. Amp offers 100-kilowatt-hour and 120-kilowatt-hour battery packs, the latter recommended for cold-weather operation.
NYSERDA- and HVIP-Eligible
Amp offers fossil-fuel vans too, with 6.0-liter GM-block engines modified by PSI, Washington, Ill.-based Power Solutions International. Gasoline will likely be the top-seller as Amp ramps up to full production in Union City, Burns concedes, followed by propane, compressed natural gas an electric vehicles.
At full production, the 250,000-square-foot facility could produce as many as 60,000 vehicles per year, Burns says.
Amp notes that the Workhorse E-100 is approved for incentive funding through the NYSERDA program in New York State and the HVIP program in California. “These incentive programs make the cost of a Workhorse all-electric truck on par with traditional diesel trucks, thereby offering great savings on fuel for the life of the truck,” the company says.
Amp Trucks is a unit of Amp Holding (OTCBB and OTCQB:AMPD).
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Source: Amp-Workhorse with Fleets & Fuels follow-up