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AMP Holding Inc. will convert three of DTE Energy’s fleet Saturn VUE SUVs to battery electric powertrains. AMP, a company engaged in the conversion of new vehicles to full battery-electric drive, unveiled its all-electric conversion of the GM Chevrolet Equinox earlier this year. (Earlier post.) DTE Energy is the Detroit-headquartered diversified energy company providing gas and electric services to 2.7 million Michigan homes and businesses.

The conversion of the three DTE Energy SUVs is part of the $5-million grant from the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) awarded to DTE Energy in 2008. The all-electric DTE Energy fleet Saturn Vues will be powered by Amp’s exclusive modular electric powertrain system. The DTE Energy Amp’d vehicles will have a range of up to 150 miles (241 km) on a single charge and will be rechargeable using either 240-volt or standard 120-volt outlets.

DTE Energy plans to take delivery of the first of three Amp’d fleet vehicles in December.

In February, Remy International, Inc. and AMP signed a letter of intent for a potential long-term electric motor supply agreement under which AMP will use the Remy HVH250 electric motors in their custom electric vehicle conversions. (Earlier post.)

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