At the Electric Drive Transportation Association conference in Washington, DC, UQM Technologies is showing off an all electric Chevy Silverado pickup truck. UQM develops components for alternative energy vehicles, such as brushless permanent magnet motors, generators and power electronic controllers as well as the control software to make it all work. The Silverado was built as part of a project funded by the US Air Force.

The truck uses a 160 hp UQM motor, that produces 480 ft-lbs of torque and is powered by lithium-ion battery pack. The battery pack is supplied by Valence Technology and the drive-train has a peak efficiency of 96 percent. The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) conference is running from November 28-30 and Jon Lutz, UQM Technologies' Director of Engineering will also be participating in a panel discussion on "Beyond Cars: Building Sustainability into Heavy & Medium Duty Markets, Mass Transit and Off-Road Vehicles" on Thursday, November 30, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. AutoBlogGreen lead Sebastian Blanco is attending the conference will be providing on-the-ground reports in the next few days.

[Source: UQM Techologies via TheAutoChannel]

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