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Amp Holdings, a company actively engaged in converting conventional vehicles over to battery-electric drive, has signed a deal to modify three of DTE Energy's gas-burning SUVs. This time around, Amp will tackle a trio of Saturn Vues, ripping out the unnecessary gasoline engine and its associated hardware and dropping in the company's exclusive modular electric powertrain in its place. The Amp'd DTE Energy Vues boast a claimed range of up to 150 miles and offer drivers the option to recharge via a standard 120-volt outlet or by utilizing the significantly quicker method of plugging in to a 240-volt hookup.

Back in 2008, DTE Energy was allocated a $5-million grant from the Michigan Public Service Commission and will spend a portion of the awarded money to fund the SUV battery-electric conversions. Amp aims to completely overhaul and deliver at least one of the Vues to DTE by year's end. It'll be interesting to see how the converted Vues compare to the much-improved Amp'd Equinox that we tooled around in at the 2010 Business of Plugging In conference less than a month ago.

DTE is testing a lot of alternative-fueled and high-mpg vehicles, including a Ford Transit Connect, 800 biodiesel-powered trucks and service vehicles and a PHEV Ford Escape.

[Source: AMP Holdings]


DTE Energy Signs Deal With AMP Electric Vehicles to Electrify Fleet Vehicles

CINCINNATI, Nov. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- AMP Holding Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AMPD), a company engaged in the emission-free electrification of OEM vehicles, and DTE Energy, the Detroit-headquartered diversified energy company providing gas and electric services to 2.7 million Michigan homes and businesses, jointly announced today the signing of an agreement for Amp to "electrify" three of DTE Energy's fleet vehicles.

DTE Energy has selected three SUV fleet vehicles which are being electrified or "Amp'd", as part of the $5 million grant from the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) awarded to DTE Energy in 2008. Their 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 on a single charge and will be rechargeable using either 240-volt or standard 120-volt outlets.

DTE Energy has been very active in the electrification of vehicles, and through this effort with Amp and the MPSC, is working to ensure the grid is ready for the commercialization of electric vehicles, and the demand created therein.

"Cleaner fuel and zero emissions are an important decision in moving into the future with our fleet vehicles," said Vince Dow, DTE Energy vice president of distribution operations. "Amp's electric vehicles are clearly moving in that direction."

"Amp's electric powertrain was first launched in the U.S. in October 2010, with our Amp'd electric Equinox SUV," said Steve Burns, Amp CEO. "Our electric propulsion system is a perfect answer for fleet vehicles like the Saturn Vue and Ford Escapes, for example. We are very excited to expand the use of our technology to DTE Energy's Saturn Vue fleet vehicles. This represents a much needed solution not only for the environment, but also for the economy throughout the Detroit area."

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

About AMP Holding 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 is currently electrifying the GM Chevrolet Equinox; its first models to all-electric were the GM Sky and the Pontiac Solstice. Since its inception, AMP's unique electrification technology has proven to be an idea that has generated an extreme amount of interest, with inquiries coming from around the world. AMP will be electrifying a wide range of OEM vehicles and SUVs, and expects to announce new model additions in 2010. The Company expects its vehicle electrification technology will provide new solutions to America's energy demands.

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

About DTE Energy

DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan, MichCon, a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan and other non-utility, energy businesses focused on gas storage and pipelines, unconventional gas production, power and industrial projects, and energy trading. Information about DTE Energy is available at dteenergy.com and at twitter.com/dte_energy.

Forward-Looking Statements

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      btw check the legal situation. a lot of countries throw out ridiculous laws to keep it impossible for people to convert cars. Denmark is like that. has to get lab certification of the electric components and such tests cost an arm and a leg. I have limited love for those bureaucrats.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why convert a dead brand? I know they're great to convert buy WHY?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Your logic is flawed. I wouldn't want to buy a dead brand if I wanted to recycle. There'd be no replacement parts. Unless you're getting to the extremes of recycling and re-manufacturing or re-engineering the parts YOURSELF then it would make sense but most people aren't going to do that. I know several people who have had to junk their 8 year old Land Rovers because there are no parts available to fix them. If you really want to recycle, get a car brand that will allow you to interchange parts easily and will have parts available.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Once again, I think the idea of ''recycling'' these cars is the best solution (If you're green minded that is). If these cars are not made anymore that's even better...usually with dead brands comes a lack of spare parts, with this conversion, no more dependence on this dead brand.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't see how that era is over,

      While new efficient hybrid and electric cars are slowly coming and gaining popularity, we still have to do something about the millions of NORMAL cars still around...Instead of crushing a car, why not simply change the inside and keep the frame and other important parts...that way you get an EV, while avoiding crushing the car and having to have a new one built.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dave R, if you're handy you could probably do it at about that cost.
        20kWh thundersky is around 7k$, motor maybe 1500$, strong controller around 2000.
        probably climb towards 15 before you're done but not worlds apart

        or if you're feeling adventurous you could order a similar forklift style motor from chinese ZiBo super motors for around 500 plus shipping and combine with a 600$ kit controller (which you have to assemble yourself). or look for a used forklift motor in a forklift scrap yard

        you can watch evtv.me although they tend to go with expensive solutions but informative anyway
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, I'd love to be able to convert an existing car to electric for a reasonable price...

        Reasonable would have to be $10k or less which would be difficult if I wanted these specs at a minimum:

        Highway capable - 70mph+
        Decent acceleration - 0-60 in less than 11s
        Decent range - 70+ miles

        And of course be reliable and safe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Meh. Stop these conversions. That era is over.
      • 4 Years Ago
      has AMP actually delivered a car to a private customer yet?
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