UQM Driveline Components for Arizona Firm Offering Fleets
‘Complete Bolt-On Plug-and-Play Electric Conversion Package’
Arizona-based Torque Trends is developing an upfit package for light trucks it says could slash fuel costs for fleet operators while dramatically reducing repair and maintenance outlays – while it extends vehicle life.
“We are now taking orders for the first production run of this bolt-on plug-and-play electric conversion package,” says Torque Trends CEO Mitchell Yow. His firm describes the “ev-TorquePack” as “a complete bolt-on plug-and-play electric conversion package for fleet trucks” – with promise of savings of up to 75% on fuel, 60% on repairs and maintenance, all with 50% extended truck life (three or even five years).
The ev-TorquePack conversion package for the Ford F-150 will be shown at the upcoming Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo meeting. ACT Expo 2017 takes place May 1-4 at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Centre.
‘Good Business Sense’
Torque Trends is using a 135-kilowatt AC motor and inverter package from UQM Technologies for its F-150 upfit. The vehicle is powered by a battery pack containing two dozen 100-amp, 3.2-volt lithium iron phosphate cells. A Level 2-capable SAE J1772 charge port is located under the front bumper.
“This is a prototype vehicle application done in partnership with the City of Surprise, Ariz.,” Yow says. “It fits 2011 through 2017 Ford F-150 rear-wheel-drive vehicles, any cab configuration and any existing drivetrain.”
“We have several versions of the Ford truck conversion package ranging from $25,000 to $45,000 ready to go into production and [will be] looking for additional conversion package development pilot projects and partners” at ACT Expo.
According to Surprise public works director Mike Gent, “Converting a new Ford F150 makes good business sense for the city including lower operating cost per mile, reduced maintenance costs and associated down times, and more predictable electricity costs versus the historically volatile costs of petroleum based fuels.
Getting Ready for Chevy, Too
“However,” Gent says on the Torque Trends website, “the benefits of being an environmental leader within our community and the fleet industry really make just as much sense.”
Torque Trends expects that its F-150 will be able to travel 2.5 miles per kilowatt-hour of electricity and a top speed of 65 mph.
“We are also in early stage development of the same basic package for the late model Chevrolet Silverado,” CEO Yow told F&F. “Other popular packages will follow.”
ACT Expo 2017 attendees will be able to drive the vehicle on Thursday, May 4, he says.
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Source: Torque Trends with Fleets & Fuels follow-up