British Columbia-based REV Technologies (formerly Envia, earlier post) has introduced its REV AC Direct Drive system for the conversion of the Ford Ranger and Ford Escape to battery-electric vehicles. The system features a 92% efficient, 90 kW electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. In October, REV announced a supplier relationship with Valence Technology, a provider of lithium iron phosphate cells.
The REV pure battery Ford conversions offer up to 34kwh of power for an all-electric range of up to 200 km (124 miles). The electric version offers faster acceleration, increased horsepower and torque, a lower center of gravity and improved weight distribution, according to REV.
There are no chassis modifications on the vehicle and its original driving characteristics and Transport Canada safety certification remain intact. The vehicles are safe and street legal on all roadways in Canada.
REV’s new AC Direct Drive powertrain is available for all new vehicle conversion orders. The conversion process replaces the older powertrain with the AC Direct Drive System. This process reduces the number of moving parts in the powertrain from more than 900 to less than 10, according to REV.
The province of British Columbia, Canada recently announced a program to support the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles with an initial test of 6 vehicles which will later be increased to 34 vehicles. (Earlier post.)
This is a strong commitment towards a sustainable transportation system. REV is responding with electric vehicle conversion technology that meets the needs of BC fleets and is being deployed now.—Jay Giraud, Founder and CEO of REV Technologies
REV recently celebrated the grand opening of the REV Showroom and Garage in downtown Vancouver, the first electric vehicle showroom in Canada. Orders are currently being taken for delivery in the second quarter of 2009.
To further support electric fleet vehicle deployment, REV is also bringing off-board charging technology to its customers, and will be demonstrating this technology by installing 110V and 220V Chargepoints from Coulomb at the REV Showroom early in 2009.