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Earlier this month, Advanced Mechanical Products, Inc. (AMP) announced it will use Remy International's motors in its line of converted electric vehicles (EVs). Yesterday, we discovered that a new vehicle – the Chevrolet Equinox – will join the Saturn Sky and the Pontiac Solstice in AMP's conversion line-up. We all know what an Equinox looks like, but AMP will still have a formal unveiling of the vehicle at the New York Auto Show at the end of March. AMP plans to give the electric Equinoxes a top speed of 90 miles per hour and a range of 150 miles per charge. All that for $50,000 (after tax credits, and with the buyer supplying the donor vehicle). AMP says converted Equinoxes will be available for deliveries this June and that the start-up will be "the first to bring to market an all-electric, crossover vehicle for retail sale." AMP will announce more General Motors models that it will develop conversion packages for later this year.

In related news, AMP, a Progressive Automotive X-Prize contender, has opened a U.S. production headquarters in Cincinnati, OH where it says it is currently making and delivering the first batch of AMP EVs (the Sky and Solstice models).

*UPDATE: The $50,000 price includes the Equinox vehicle. We regret the error.

[Source: Advanced Mechanical Products Inc.]

PRESS RELEASE

AMP Unveils the 100% Electric GM Chevrolet Equinox


Vehicle Displayed at Grand Opening of Company's First Showroom; Formal Unveiling Set for New York Auto Show
Blue Ash, OH – February 24, 2010 - Advanced Mechanical Products, Inc. (AMP), a company engaged in the all-electric, emission-free conversion of new vehicles, announced today the unveiling of its latest all-electric conversion platform, the GM Chevrolet Equinox, which will be revealed to the world today as part of the grand opening ceremonies of its first showroom.
Today's announcement is one of historic proportions, as the event is poised to make AMP the first to bring to market an all-electric, crossover vehicle for retail sale. The AMP'd Equinox is a converted or up-fitted GM Chevrolet Equinox that is a 100% electric, clean conversion, American-made vehicle. The vehicle will reach a top speed of 90 miles an hour, and will go from zero to 60 miles per hour in approximately eight seconds, with a charge voltage of either 110V or 220V. And with pricing expected to be below $50,000, after government incentives, the Company believes the AMP'd Equinox is also quite affordable.

Citing the Nissan Leaf as its closest rival, the AMP'd Equinox is already setting the bar high. The AMP'd Equinox, utilizing high efficiency Remy motors, will travel up to 150 miles on a single charge, which compares favorably to the Nissan Leaf which will travel up to 100 miles on a charge. The Leaf is not expected to reach the market until January 2011.

Steve Burns, CEO of Advanced Mechanical Products, said, "In a growing electric vehicle market, we believe AMP has clearly established itself as a pioneer. Not only will AMP be the first to reach the market, but we will also be breaking the mold in terms of what the public expects from an all-electric vehicle.

"Pre-conversion, the Chevy Equinox is an outstanding vehicle in its own right - winner of the Consumer Digest Best Buy award and a five-star frontal and side-impact crash safety ratings. This vehicle is truly a modern day car, with all the features and stringent safety requirements the Chevy Equinox is extolled for. We are thrilled to bring our next 100% electric vehicle platform to market, as this latest offering is a clear display of our true passion for, and an unyielding commitment to, the environment and sustainability."

AMP will be hosting the invitation-only grand opening party in its first showroom and U.S. production headquarters, located in Cincinnati, OH. Expected to be in attendance will be select guests and dignitaries, such as Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, and members of the media. The Company will begin taking orders at its opening event and expects the fully-converted vehicle to be available for a June 2010 delivery. AMP intends to have a formal unveiling, with demonstrations available, at the New York Auto Show, which commences on April 2, 2010.

About Advanced Mechanical Products, Inc.
AMP was founded in 2007 by automotive industry veterans who have created several hi-tech companies. Currently, the AMP team is comprised of top engineers and business executives, as well as two key pioneers of GM's EV1 project. AMP's first conversions to all-electric are the GM Saturn Sky and the Pontiac Solstice, with additional vehicles in development, including GM's Chevrolet Equinox. Since its inception last year, the AMP converted all-electric Saturn Sky has proven itself to be an idea that has generated an extreme amount of interest, with inquiries coming from around the world. AMP will be converting a wide range of GM vehicles to all-electric, and expects to announce new model conversions in 2010. The Company expects its patent-pending vehicle conversion technology will provide new solutions to America's energy demands.

To learn more, visit the AMP website at www.ampelectricvehicles.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements". Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors as disclosed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission located at their website (http://www.sec.gov). In addition to these factors, actual future performance, outcomes, and results may differ materially because of more general factors including (without limitation) general industry and market conditions and growth rates, economic conditions, and governmental and public policy changes. The forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release and these views could change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company's views as of any date subsequent to the date of the press release
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      • 5 Years Ago
      "All that for $50,000 (before tax credits, and with the buyer supplying the donor vehicle)."

      Conversions qualify for the tax credit? If I convert my 2002 car to EV do I qualify for a tax credit also?
      • 5 Years Ago
      most vehicles sales are $15k - $25k. this is what the market deems as "affordable". a base vehicle of $25 for the equinox is something i would consider fitting this description, sure. but adding a conversion on top of that of $50k, no way!!! $75k for a vehicle is NOT affordable. i mean you tell me the numbers of vehicles that are for the general public that are $75k. i don't know the numbers on that, but i do know it isn't a large number of people. and some company believes they will make many of these sales? this is laughable from soo many angles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm, the pricing is quite similar to the AC Propulsion "E-Box" (a Scion XB comversion). But somehow I think I'd prefer the AC Propulsion version.

      Or even better, wait for the Tesla Model S, which will be less expensive and better designed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "And with pricing expected to be below $50,000, after government incentives, the Company believes the AMP'd Equinox is also quite affordable."

      C'mon autoblog.. read the press releases :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds good except for the price. The Equinox even has electric power steering, so there's no need to run a hydraulic pump from a motor to run the power steering.

      Now, about the brake boost...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @neptronix
        Conversions with new cars don't make economic sense because you buy the whole car with all the ICE equipment and it has to be thrown away (even if sold you likely won't get back much money). A used car with a broken engine (likely dirt cheap) and a working transmission is usually the best choice for conversions.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, it is pricey. It's hard to gauge what it's worth though because nobody else seems to have an electric SUV/CUV conversion. When you think about it, it's kind of a losing battle to convert a car like that because you just have to throw more $$$ electric parts at it.

        $25,000 for a Sky/Solstice conversion is more in line with what people will actually pay though.. don't you think?

        Too bad they don't pick a platform where the donor car is cheap to buy used. Something with an epic fail drivetrain like a Dodge Intrepid would be cool because you could buy the car with couch change.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does this mean there are a bunch of GDI & GTDI Ecotecs out there waiting for a loving home?

      Also, does this mean they'd be able to do an SRX for the same amount? Because, in that league, this looks much more compelling... in fact, kind of amazed that this isn't how they show the first round of conversions.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I do like the 150 mile range but $50 grand?!? (on top of $25 grand for the vehicle). Too rich for my blood but hey, whatever floats yer boat.