Ever since Amp switched from converting passenger vehicles to electric power to converting big delivery trucks, the question has been when the E-Truck
Ever since Amp switched from converting passenger vehicles to electric power to converting big delivery trucks, the question has been when the E-Truck program will get real. The answer is now, since Amp has announced a new test program with TRC Inc. that will "independently test the vehicle to ensure it can survive the rigors of package delivery in an environment where it is common to keep their vans in service for 20 years or more." Amp says the final pre-production test program should be completed within the next month.
"EVs are gaining traction, but at a slower rate than anticipated."
There's a reason for the change to big trucks, ones with a 19,500 pound gross vehicle weight. Amp founder and CEO Steve Burns told AutoblogGreen that AMP is "focusing only on EVs that have the correct metrics that encourage short terms sales. As you know, most passenger EV companies have only found limited success from a sales point of view. EVs are gaining traction, but at a slower rate than anticipated."
According to Amp, the two main obstacles to the mass adoption of EVs are the price premium and a lack of infrastructure that causes range anxiety. Before designing a 100-kWh battery pack good for 100 miles per charge in the converted trucks, Burns said, "AMP labored to find a segment of the US transportation sector that could overcome the two above obstacles and move to quick adoption. So, we focused on fleets that have defined or predictable routes. If you have a 100-mile range on a charge and a 65-mile route, then range anxiety is eliminated. Similarly, the bigger and less aerodynamic a vehicle is, the worse its gas mileage. And the worse the gas mileage, the quicker the premium for electric could be paid off. So, we looked for big, square fleet vehicles that routinely traveled less than 100 miles a day ... and the classic diesel delivery step van came clearly into focus.