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UQM Technologies to Supply Electric Propulsion Systems to Electric Vehicles International

UQM Technologies has completed an agreement with Electric Vehicles International LLC (EVI), a California-based electric vehicle company, to supply upgraded UQM PowerPhase 150kW electric propulsion systems for use in EVI’s new all-electric medium-duty truck, the EVI MD and the all-electric walk-in van, the EVI WI. (Earlier post.)

The initial term of the supply agreement is one year. Deliveries of the first 50 systems are expected to begin in June and be completed by October 2010.

The EVI MD and EVI WI can be configured to match many commercial needs, with gross vehicle weight ratings of a Class 4 (14,001 lbs) up to a Class 6 (26,000 lbs). Powered by a UQM PowerPhase electric propulsion system that delivers 664 lb-ft (900 N·m) of torque and using an Eaton 6-speed Ultrashift automatic transmission, the EVI MD and EVI WI have a top speed of 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) and a range of up to 115 miles (185 km) per charge using high-density Valence Technology Inc. U-Charge XP lithium iron magnesium phosphate batteries.

EVI has established strategic partnerships with Valence Technology, Daimler and Freightliner. The company manufactures vehicles ranging from two-person light-duty vehicles to medium-duty Class 6 trucks.



We may see motor manufacturers getting contracts like this over time. GM, Ford, Toyota, Nissan and others have their suppliers, but delivery vans, trucks and specialty vehicles makers do not have the volume to purchase from those industry suppliers. These companies have low volumes and can command the price premiums that pay UQM's high prices for small quantities of large motors.

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