• Jan 18, 2011
Amp Electric Vehicles, a firm that's actively engaged in converting conventional vehicles over to battery-electric drive, announced that it has delivered its first electric Equinox to Dayton Power and Light (DPL), a utility company located in Ohio. Back in 2009, DPL established a test program aimed at prepping the utility company for electric vehicles (EVs) within its service area. The battery-powered Equinox will allow DPL to conduct real-world electric vehicle tests and modify its services to meet the needs of future EV owners.

According to DPL, switching from a gasoline-fueled auto to an electrified vehicle within the utility provider's area of service can result in significant operational cost savings:
The cost of electricity as fuel for a typical electric car is 2.8 cents per mile, compared to 11 cents per mile for a gasoline-powered car, based on 25 miles per gallon at $2.75 per gallon. The yearly cost of electricity for a DPL customer to operate an all-electric vehicle would be approximately $336, assuming it is driven 12,000 miles annually.
That's almost $1,000 less than the hypothetical gas vehicle DPL mentions, which would cost $1,320 in gas for the year at 11 cents a mile. The electrified Amp Equinox features a lithium-ion battery pack, a pair of rear-mounted Remy electric motors and can cover up to 100 miles of tarmac on a full charge. After our brief drive at the 2010 Business of Plugging In conference in Detroit, we can confirm that the converted AMP Equinox is a solid electric SUV.

[Source: Amp Holdings]

PRESS RELEASE

AMP Delivers First Electric Equinox to Ohio Utility


CINCINNATI -- AMP Holding Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AMPD), a company engaged in the emission-free electrification of OEM vehicles, announced it has delivered an AMP Electric GM Equinox SUV Research Vehicle to Dayton Power & Light (DP&L), parent company DPL Inc. (NYSE: DPL). DP&L established a team in 2009 to prepare the utility for the entrance of electric cars in its service area, and the AMP Equinox research vehicle is part of that effort.

"DP&L is taking a leadership role in meeting the needs of owners of electric vehicles," said Jim Taylor, AMP CEO. "The SUV market is very popular in America today. We are proud to have our AMP Electric Equinox SUV as part of DP&L's study."

According to DP&L, the cost of electricity as fuel for a typical electric car is 2.8 cents per mile, compared to 11 cents per mile for a gasoline-powered car, based on 25 miles per gallon at $2.75 per gallon. The yearly cost of electricity for a DP&L customer to operate an all-electric vehicle would be approximately $336, assuming it is driven 12,000 miles annually.

"Our goal is to meet the needs of our customers who are interested in purchasing an electric car," said Bryce Nickel, operations vice president with DP&L. "We want to ensure that their electrical service from DP&L will support their charging needs."

The AMP Equinox is a zero emissions electric vehicle, which can be charged from household 110v or 220v outlets. The vehicle features a lithium battery system, powered by two rear mounted Remy traction motors, will travel approximately 100 miles per charge, has a top speed electronically limited at 90 mph, and will go from 0 to 60 in under 8 seconds.

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

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's first all electric demonstration models were the Chevrolet Equinox, the Saturn Sky, and 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's intent is to electrify a wide range of OEM vehicles and SUVs, and expects to announce new model additions in 2011. The Company expects its vehicle electrification technology will provide new solutions to America's energy demands.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      is this the first car AMP has ever delivered?
      I wonder who funded them all this time
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah! They finally delivered a vehicle!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Has anyone ever made a statiscal analysis comparison of costs / mile for maintenance of EV against ICE?
        • 1 Day Ago
        The biggest data set will be from Smith electric, which has been producing and maintaining electric vehicles for around 100 years.
        Unfortunately there are two caveats:
        These were commercial vehicles, historically mainly milk floats, and they do not break out the costs of maintenance separately from fuel in their public information, simply saying that fuel and maintenance are 75% lower than diesel:
        http://www.smithelectricvehicles.com/whyelectric_costsavings.asp

        Fuel in the UK is of course much more expensive than in the US

        Staples, who have bought electric trucks from Smiths, have been more informative though:
        'Staples said the annual maintenance cost of a diesel
        delivery truck is about $2,700 in most years, including
        oil, transmission fluid, filters and belts. For an electric
        truck—which has no transmission and needs no fluids,
        filters or belts—the cost is about $250.
        And since it costs much more to maintain an internalcombustion
        delivery truck than a car, the cost savings
        for truck fleets is greater than for consumers buying an
        electric model.
        One big savings comes in brakes. Because electric trucks
        use “regenerative” braking, which returns some of the
        force of stopping to the batteries in the form of electricity,
        the brakes don’t wear out as fast. That means the brakes
        last four or five years, not one or two, before they need a
        $1,100 repair.
        Electric trucks also don’t need the urea exhaust-cleaning
        system of diesels, which costs about $700 a year to
        maintain. And electric motors are far less complex than
        diesel engines, last much longer and the training required
        to work on them is minimal,
        Mr. Payette said.'

        http://www.lane4group.com/pdf/news/10%20-12%2007%20-%20WSJ%20%27Electric%20Car%27.pdf

        Peugeot has the most experience with electric cars, as opposed to goods vehicles, having put thousands on the road since 1995.
        They are now offering a version of the iMiEV, and the maintenance contract on it is 30% cheaper than on an ICE equivalent:
        http://www.peugeot.com/en/products/cars/ion.aspx
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is this 4WD?
        • 3 Years Ago
        2 rear-mounted motors so i would guess it is not AWD or 4WD. They have only delivered one but it isn't vaporware any longer.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is amazing....GM should consider selling them the vehicle frame without the engines so that the conversions can be a lot cheaper.