• Jan 11th 2011 at 9:55AM
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American Electric Vehicles (AEV) – a Colorado-based company co-founded by Dr. Dan Rivers – is developing an 18-passenger electric shuttle bus with the intention of eventually selling it in the U.S., China and India. Rivers, who co-founded the lithium-ion battery company Compact Power Inc., announced that the 21-foot eShuttle prototype has concluded efficiency testing in China and claims that the bus' 88.5 kWh lithium iron phosphate battery pack provides 83 miles of range. That is, without the A/C unit pumping.

AEV is prepping for production of the eShuttle and hopes that the first one will roll off the line by the end of June. The company intends to install a larger battery pack in the production version and will switch to a more advanced electric motor before launching the shuttle. When Green Car Congress prodded Rivers about AEV's choice to focus on electrified shuttles, he responded:
We looked at all the opportunities, and which part of the market is ready for EVs today. We zeroed in on electric shuttles for the fleet market for two main reasons. First, predictable routes. Second, lots of driving, intensive use. Predictability and intensity.
AEV hopes to produce 50 eShuttles in 2011 and approximately 300 in 2012. The company will release pricing information and detailed specs at a later date.

[Source: Green Car Congress]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Cool, but can it maintain above 55 mph, to keep the bomb from going off? Well hotshot, can it? :)

      Only with a "wildcat" at the wheel!

      Sorry, couldn't resist. ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Give it battery swapping and it could drive a circuit.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have to wonder, how much does something like that weigh, and thus, how large does the battery have to be? You would seemingly need a LOT of energy to move a bus full of people 83 miles. How long does it take to fully charge up a battery of that size?

      Obviously that would limit its usefulness to an organization that has shuttles running 24/7.

      Might be great for, say, a company that gives guided tours of cities/battlefields by day, and charges up by night.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Larger batteries don't take any longer to charge unless you are limited by you are limited by the power source.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think it would be fine for a lot of city bus systems. Here in SF, the entire city is only 7 x 7 miles. I used to ride the now-defunct 15 line, which probably covered 12 miles end-to-end in 1.5 hours, with a 20 minute rest at the end for the drivers. This bus could presumably have handled that duty during the day, and recharged at night. Add Level 3 chargers at common driver rest points to keep topping off, and it would definitely work, at least with respect to range.
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