All-Electric Pickup Can Haul 1,000 Pounds, Reach 80 Mph
Charlotte, N.C.-based EV Fleet is promoting a new battery electric truck it says has a payload capacity of 1,000 pounds, can travel at 80 mph, and boasts a single-charge range as great as 100 miles at 65 mph, or 140 miles at 45 mph.
The Condor truck can travel 300 miles for about the cost of a gallon of gasoline, the company says.
More than 60 potential buyers, most of them representing private or municipal fleets, have tested the truck, and orders are being taken, says EV Fleet sales director Stewart Mallard. The Condor with 50-kilowatt-hour lithium iron phosphate battery pack is priced at $43,000 after a $7,500 federal tax credit.
A 32-kilowatt-hour battery pack is also available, but most customers want the 50, Mallard says.
EV Fleet builds its own air-cooled battery packs, with its own BMS/battery management system, using lithium cells from China.
Unusual for an electric vehicle, “We do not do regenerative braking,” Mallard says. “Our research indicated that was not worthwhile.
“Our is set up to coast,” he told F&F. “We get much better mileage on a charge with a coasting effect.”
EV Fleet says that an operator with approximately two dozen vehicles can eliminate as much as $625,000 in gasoline costs over five years by switching to battery power. The company hopes to be producing about 30 Condor trucks per month by early 2015.
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Source: EV Fleet with Fleets & Fuels follow-up