The idea of an American-made extended-range plug-in utility van may have faded – for now, with the failure of Bright Automotive – but there remain some companies kicking around that exact idea across the pond.

UK-based Intelligent Energy (IE) and Revolve Technologies have worked together for a year and a half on an extended-range plug-in utility vehicle called the Emerald Automotive t-001. Aside from a clunky name, the partnership has produced two prototype vehicles that each feature an electric powertrain that is assisted by a diesel-powered on-board generator, or "range extender." EVO makes the electric motor, while Ford Europe makes the generator.

The companies claim the van gets about 193 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe), though that's measured using a different driving cycle than the one the EPA uses in the U.S. Still, that's respectably efficient, and the companies are working to boost the fuel-efficiency by about 25 percent. In all, the van can go about 66 miles on electric power and another 463 miles with a full tank of gas. The UK's Technology Strategy Board helped provide about $8 million to help develop the van.


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      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      'Its 25 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack was provided by Axeon, and the electric motor by EVO, with noted British vehicle consulting firm Ricardo developing other components. The small diesel range extender is a 67-horsepower unit from a European Ford.' From the link above to GCR
      goodoldgorr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Are these numbers with an empty van or with a full loaded van ?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Since it is hybrid, it doesnt really matter if you are loaded or not, it only matters haw strong you do hit the breaks, or how fast you accelerate... If you are gentle enough, you are able to recuperate most of the energy back to the battery and then use for acceleration again!
          goodoldgorr
          • 2 Years Ago
          They should release the mpg and range numbers with an empty van and a full loaded van so the consumer can have a good idea of what he's buying. Im not interrested to buy something new with defficient dubious numbers like those. I recommend to postpone any buying from them till they release the updated mpg figures. Consumers buying this truck will drive it empty sometime and fully loaded some other time. Also this truck is new and not proven yet so consumers wanted to try and evaluate it should be able to try it for a year without fee and if it's interresting and better then the trucks it replace then should be allowed to bid on it after a year.
          Cheetahjab
          • 2 Years Ago
          I'm glad YOU recommend suspending buying, you just saved people who know what their talking about millions, an u bet you stayed at a holiday inn express last night too!
      Marco Polo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting, and good to see light-commercial still being developed in the UK after the bankruptcy of EV Van pioneer, Modec. Hino, Nissan, Yulon, and several other Hybrids Light commercials, are being released. In this market sector, price is a major consideration as the Ford Connect discovered.
      islandboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      When someone makes a van with the range extender on a removable cradle such that the range extender could be replaced by different technology (fuel cells, turbines, advanced batteries) or just left out when not needed, then i'll be really, really interested. Heading in the right direction nonetheless. Alan
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @islandboy
        Welcome fellow TODer, Alan From The Islands. (From Speculawyer)
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a great opportunity for solar panels on that huge rooftop. I agree with islandboy, the generator should be removable. For that matter it should be an option from the factory. I wonder how hard it would be to hack that program.