Bright Automotive is proud of the work they've done on the IDEA van, but the company has always intended to make the vehicle just one method of bringing greener transportation to the masses. As we learned from Bright's VP Corporate Strategy, Michael Brylawski, the company will also offer plug-in hybrid conversions and, this week, Bright announced Bright eSolutions, a way for Bright to work with "original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other customers worldwide to develop vehicle and component electrification and efficiency strategies." Basically, Bright will tell interested customers where and how to save weight, make things more aerodynamic and other ways to implement the company's green vehicles principles.
The first eSolutions customer is the U.S. Army's TACOM, which is partnering with Bright on a "low-cost plug-in hybrid electric solution for non-tactical military vehicles." The contract is worth $1.4 million and also contains a project to "demonstrate the ability of plug-in hybrid vehicles to deliver power to the grid."