H-GAC and CTE Backing Deployment in Houston-Galveston-Brazoria,
HGAC Notes That It’s Seeking Project Partners for ‘At Least’ Another 12
UPS will deploy 18 fully battery electric delivery vehicles from Ohio’s Amp Trucks in the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria of Texas, the Houston-Galveston Area Council and the Center for Transportation and the Environment reported this morning.
“The goal for this project is to demonstrate the capability of all-electric delivery vehicles to perform at the same level of operation as similarly sized diesel delivery vehicles, while also significantly reducing vehicle emissions and petroleum consumption,” states a release.
The Workhorse E-100 walk-in vans from Amp will have 100-kilowatt-hour battery packs, affording a single-charge range of up to 100 miles.
Amp announced the double-digit battery truck order last month; H-GAC and CTE named UPS as the fleet operator today.
Amp Rolls Its Own
Amp’s edge over its competition? “We’re the only ones that build our own chassis,” says CEO Steve Burns. Amp bought the Workhorse name, and factory in early 2013 (F&F, March 20, 1013).
The company makes its own air-cooled battery packs, and lithium ion batteries for the electric trucks, using lithium ion cells from Panasonic – another money-saver, according to Burns.
Amp offers natural gas-, propane- and gasoline-fueled Workhorse trucks too.
H-GAC Solicitation Open for Two More Weeks
Backing for the Houston-area battery truck program is from NETL, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, “with an objective to accelerate the introduction and penetration of electric transportation technologies into the cargo transport sector,” according to today’s announcement.
H-GAC notes that it’s seeking “additional project partners to deploy at least another 12 zero-emission delivery vehicles in the greater Houston area. The application deadline is December 31.
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Source: H-GAC and CTE with Fleets & Fuels follow-up