Aside from economic recession and cautious buyers, one of the biggest challenges for companies that want to sell electrified commercial trucks turns out to be ... making or converting trucks. Amp Electric, a surviving veteran of several generations of electric-truck development, decided to solve that problem head on. In March 2013, it bought an entire truck company. DON'T MISS: FedEx Tests Wrightspeed Electric Trucks With Diesel Turbine Range Extender (Oct 2014) And early this month, United Parcel Service (UPS) announced that it would acquire and test 18 of Amp's Workhorse E-Gen E-100...
AMP Electric Vehicles Stops Car Conversions, Focuses On Trucks
Ohio-based AMP Electric vehicles will no-longer convert gasoline cars to electric, it announced yesterday. Instead, the company announced on a conference-call yesterday, it aims to focus on converting medium-sized commercial vehicles to all-electric operation. “People told us how surprised...Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
AMP’s Converted Electric Jeep Will Cost Same As Tesla Model S
Got enough money to buy a 2012 Tesla Model S, but want something a little more rugged? If the answer is yes -- and you can’t wait another few years for the 2014 Tesla Model X Crossover SUV to debut -- you can now spend your hard-earned cash on an all-electric Jeep Grand Cherokee. You...Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
Why Would Bob Lutz Join An Electric Car Conversion Company?
Bob Lutz may have taken a part-time advisory post with GM 16 months after officially retiring from his post there, but now he has a second job too. The former Vice Chairman of General Motors--and the man credited as the driving force behind the Chevrolet Volt--now seems to be working at electric...Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
Naming Electric Cars And Companies: Is Anything Good Left?
Naming new car models is always tough. The latest head-scratcher is GM's decision to rebrand the replacement for its Aveo subcompact as the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, a name better associated in the U.S. with hedgehogs or hamburgers. But that's nothing compared to the challenge of naming electric-car...John Voelcker
AMP Electric Thinks Soccer Moms Want Electric Equinoxes; Do They?
Attending a conference in Detroit a couple of weeks ago, we had the chance to drive a converted "Amp'd Chevrolet Equinox" crossover, offered by AMP Electric Vehicles. Based in Cleveland, the company hopes to sell electric conversions of "best of class" vehicles in several segments to early adopting...John Voelcker