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Zenith Reports U.S. EPA Approval

July 8, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Claims First All-Battery Commercial Van to Win Certificate of Conformity

Wilder, Ky.-based Zenith Motors says its battery electric vans are the first to receive a U.S. EPA Certificate of Conformity, “a required certification for vehicles to operate on U.S. roads and highways and certifies that vehicles conform to all EPA regulations and emission standards.” updated July 10

Model 250 battery electric cargo van by Kentucky's Zenith Motors

Dodge Ram ProMaster-based Model 250 battery electric cargo van by Kentucky’s Zenith Motors

“This certificate allows our customers to reduce their vehicle cost through federal tax credits,” said Zenith Motors CEO William Yung said in release. “We are extremely pleased to be the first.”

Depending on battery options the 100% electric Zenith van has single-charge range of 90 to 120 miles. The van can fully charge in about six and a half hours or in four fours with an optional onboard charger.

People or Cargo

The Zenith vans are based on the Dodge Ram ProMaster chassis with driveline by UQM Technologies and a 62.2 kilowatt-hour lithium ion phosphate battery pack. Single charge range is 120 miles with a payload of 1,500 pounds, says sales and marketing VP Christine Smith.

Zenith offers a shuttle van that seats as many as 11 passengers. The model 250 and 350 cargo vans have payload capacities of 2,500 and 3,000 pounds, respectively.

“Zenith Electric vans are saving fleet operators an estimated $100,000 over 300,000 miles,” the company says.


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Source: Zenith Motors with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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