When we last heard from Electric Vehicles International (EVI) they were displaying a trio of trucks at the Work Truck Show in Chicago that they had electrified at their facility in Mexico. Fast forward 7 months and we find none other than Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on hand for the grand opening of the company's relocated international headquarters in Stockton, California and a whole new slate of product in the works. EVI has partnered with a handful of companies, most significantly battery-maker Valence Technology, and will be offering entire vehicles, powertrains and plug-in conversions.

The vehicles on offer range from the tiny to the mighty. Not only will they be assembling the e-Zone from CT&T, but they will also produce commercial trucks from Classes 4 to 6, including a walk-in configuration based on chassis from Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. The heavy duty haulers are said to have a top speed of 60 mph and will be available in a 60, 80 or 115 mile packages. Prices are between $120,000 and $180,000, depending on battery configuration. While sales deals haven't yet officially been announced, it's reported that UPS will taking delivery of a WI EVI (the walk-in version) for testing and the city of Stockton itself will be putting at least one appropriately-painted e-Zone on parking enforcement duty. Click here (link) for a brief newsclip about the plant and find press releases covering both the opening and the truck deal after the break.

[Source: EVI / Recordnet.com]



PRESS RELEASE

Governor Schwarzenegger leads launch of electric vehicle pioneer EVI's new Stockton headquarters
New worldwide headquarters and manufacturing facility creates green jobs, reduces carbon emissions, and helps achieve California's environmental and economic goals

Stockton, CA, November 4, 2009 – Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, other state and local leaders, and representatives from Electric Vehicles International (EVI), along with vehicle partners, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation and CT&T Company Ltd., today officially opened EVI's worldwide headquarters and primary US manufacturing facility. EVI will design and assemble zero-emissions, all-electric, medium-duty delivery vehicles and light-duty vehicles, all using EVI electric motors and controllers manufactured in Stockton. California is leading the nation in electric vehicles and green goods movement. EVI moved to California to help serve the state's effort to eliminate mobile-source toxic diesel particulate pollution and substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions. California policies-such as the Governor's landmark greenhouse gas law (AB 32), the Governor's Low Carbon Fuel Standard incentive programs, and the sheer number of dirty diesel trucks that need reliable, affordable, zero emission solutions-make California the ideal place for EVI to grow the green economy and create green tech jobs.

Governor Schwarzenegger, along with members of his Administration, legislative representatives, other state and local leaders, air transportation and energy experts, fleet operators, and many others participated in today's Grand Opening and Open House showcasing the new facility at 1627 Army Court in Stockton, California.

"In California, we are creating a new economic foundation for the 21st Century built on clean fuel, clean energy and clean cars that is turning us into the green capital of the nation and the world," said Governor Schwarzenegger. "EVI could have relocated anywhere in the world but they chose to come here to California because we have created the right environment for clean-tech and green-tech companies. I look forward to continuing to welcome these kinds of smart, groundbreaking businesses that are not only helping us meet our aggressive environmental goals but are spurring our economy and creating jobs when we need them the most."

Ricky Hanna, CEO of EVI-USA, adds, "California is the perfect location for electric vehicle manufacturing. As the world's leading location for adopting green technology and promoting sustainable transportation, California is where our customers are and where we need to be. Stockton is centrally-located to serve all our key markets and has exceptional infrastructure and an excellent labor force."

EVI's Stockton Facility will help:
• Grow California's green economy (450 total jobs created by 2010).
• Create important green jobs in Stockton, California (150 direct green jobs created by 2010).
• Eliminate toxic diesel particulate pollution with each new zero-emissions vehicle deployed and remove 100% of the mobile source particulate pollution with each dirty diesel retrofit.
• Substantially reduce CO2 emissions – about 75% less CO2 per mile compared to diesel.
• Decrease the state's dependence on foreign oil.

Participants in the grand opening had an opportunity to see EVI's brand new line of zero-emissions vehicles, which the company also unveiled today. Through a partnership with Freightliner and Daimler, EVI has electrified popular medium-duty trucks built on full-sized frames using American industry standard chassis and cabs. These high-torque, powerful, zero-emissions vehicles will be competitively priced to sustainably serve a large segment of public and private delivery fleets in California and beyond. EVI's new Medium-Duty Truck, the MD EVI, is the world's most versatile and flexible commercial electric vehicle. In addition, EVI has formed a strategic alliance with Freightliner to build a fully electric Walk-In Van, the WI EVI. Advantages to EVI's commercial vehicles include:

• The battery and electric motors are customized and scaled to fit needs and costs. EVI offers vehicles tailored to meet specific requirements with travel range up to 115 miles per charge and speeds up to 60 miles per hour.
• EVI's proven approach to tailor fit specific applications offers zero-emissions vehicles that are cost-competitive.
• Examples of ideal applications include frequently-used, return-to-origin delivery trucks, school buses, port equipment, and many others.
• The fuel savings, maintenance cost savings, and air quality incentives will allow large-scale deployment throughout California and beyond.

Today EVI also announced an agreement for assembly and sales of CT&T electric vehicles. CT&T vehicles that will be assembled by EVI include e Zone City EV, which is the only vehicle in its class to pass international front (FMVSS 208 OP Standard) and side (Euro Side NCAP) impact crash tests. This zero emission two-seater allows a range of up to 80 miles between charges and can be recharged using a standard 110 V outlet. The e Zone City EV is a cost-effective, zero emission vehicle that is perfect for security and police patrols, parking enforcement, commuting, light deliveries, and advertising, as well as golf and recreation.

EVI also plans to produce 100-mpg, plug-in hybrid retrofits, all-electric school buses, and zero-emissions port equipment, produced and assembled here in California. More news on EVI, as well as media releases, images, and bios, can be found on EVI's website at www.evi-usa.com. Media contact Axel E. Catton Automotive PR of America Tel (201) 845 5418
acatton@automotivepr.com About EVI – Electric Vehicles International

Electric Vehicles International (EVI) is a leading manufacturer of electric vehicles for multiple applications covering a diverse range of transportation options for today's environmentally-aware and cost-conscious customers. EVI focuses on providing highly effective solutions using the newest electric motor and controller technologies as well as delivering the highest standards of reliability and efficiency. The portfolio ranges from a two-person light-duty vehicle to medium-duty, class 6 vehicles. For more information about EVI, visit www.evi-usa.com


PRESS RELEASE


Electric vehicle manufacturer EVI launches EVI Medium Duty Truck, reveals deal with Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation

MD EVI the world's most versatile and flexible commercial electric vehicle EVI partners with truck leader Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) MD EVI and WI-EVI class 4 through class 6 with GVWR of 15,000-25,950 lbs 100 kW (max. 146 hp) motor with 450 lb-ft. of torque 60 mph top speed - up to 115 mile range Tailor-fit and cost competitive zero emission vehicles Fuel and maintenance cost savings as well as air quality incentives will allow large scale deployment throughout California and beyond.

Stockton, CA, November 4, 2009. Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) pioneer Electric Vehicles International (EVI) today revealed its eagerly awaited plans for the first new products out of its new production facility in Stockton, CA. Launched today, EVI's new Medium-Duty Truck, the MD EVI, is the world's most versatile and flexible commercial electric vehicle. EVI also has formed a strategic alliance with Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation to build a fully electric Walk-In Van, the WI EVI.

The MD EVI and WI EVI will help accelerate deployment of trucks, buses, port equipment and other vehicles that substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help achieve clean air. Zero emission vehicles help eliminate toxic diesel particulate pollution and removes 100 percent of the mobile source particulate pollution with each diesel retrofit. Deploying fully electric vehicles substantially reduces CO2 emissions by about 75 percent compared with a conventional diesel powered truck.

With Gross Vehicle Weight ratings (GVWR) of a class 4 (15,000 lbs) up to a class 6 (25,950 lbs), the MD EVI can be suited to match most commercial needs. The electric motor application – occupying less space than a conventional engine – also allows for a 55-degree wheel cut, making the MD EVI one of the most maneuverable trucks in its class.

Powered by a 360 Volt 3-phase electric motor with a rated power of 100 kW (max 146 hp) and 450 ft-lb of torque at 0 rpm and using an Eaton 6-speed Ultrashift automatic transmission, the MD EVI is capable of top speeds of up to 60 mph. The high-density top-of-the range Valence U-Charge® XP Lithium Iron Phosphate Batteries allow for an average range of up to 115 miles (MD 115) – a more than adequate number for most return-to-base commercial applications – and can be charged overnight. Smaller, more cost efficient battery packs with slightly smaller range choices are available for the MD 60 and MD 80 models. Production of the MD EVI will start in late 2009 and first deliveries to customers are expected in the first quarter of 2010.

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