If any California company is wavering on a decision to buy Amp Holding's new all-electric utility vans, the state is certainly ready to tilt that decision in Amp's favor.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will include the Amp Workhorse E-100 Workhorse step van in its Hybrid and Zero Emission Truck Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP). That means that buyers of the workhorse are eligible for vouchers worth as much as $60,000 per vehicle (Amp doesn't list prices for its vans on its website, so we don't know the original or discounted price). The E-100 is said to have a 19,500-pound payload and a 100-mile single-charge range.

In February, Amp received approval from CARB to sell its 2014 model-year trucks in California. It's a new direction for the company, which said last October said it would stop converting SUVs to electric-drive and instead focus on either converting or building all-electric utility trucks. Check out Amp's press release below.
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California Air Resources Board Approves AMP Holding Inc.'s Workhorse® Electric Step Vans

AMP Workhorse electric trucks are now approved for the Hybrid and Zero Emission Truck Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) - Purchasers and participating dealers of these trucks are eligible to receive a voucher up to $60,000 on each vehicle.

Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) June 26, 2013

AMP Holding Inc. (OTCBB: AMPD), parent company of its Workhorse® subsidiary, today announced that their class 3-6 medium-duty E-100 Workhorse walk-in electric step vans, have been approved by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

The Board's approval recognizes that the Workhorse road-ready trucks are clean, California-certified zero-emissions vehicles. As Workhorse is now listed in the state's HVIP Program, purchasers and dealers alike can receive vouchers of up to $60,000 per vehicle. It's a move that dramatically reduces the cost of entry, while offering a sustainable solution for California's fleet operators.

"For years, many in the fleet industry have recognized the Workhorse brand for quality and dependability," said Martin Rucidlo, AMP/Workhorse President. "Now with this CARB approval, our customers in California are eligible for incentives, lowering their costs, and helping put more of our electric Workhorse trucks on the road as soon as possible."

To help meet the goals of California policies, CARB offers up to $60,000 per vehicle in vouchers, through its Hybrid and Zero Emission Truck Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP). These rebates can be combined with other incentives. As a result, the program has helped lower the upfront cost while accelerating the payback period for fleet operators and other customers.

Customers of the Workhorse zero-emission vehicles will further benefit from significant ongoing fuel savings as well as dramatically reduced maintenance costs, when compared to conventional diesel trucks.

This past spring, the AMP/Workhorse electric step van successfully completed rigorous independent durability testing, paving the way for production of the zero-emission vehicles.

"The Workhorse brand has always given fleet customers everything they want and more," said Steve Burns, AMP/Workhorse CEO. "And now with CARB approval, this vehicle is a horse of a different color!"

About AMP Holding Inc.

AMP Holding is the parent company of Amp Electric Vehicles, a manufacturer of electric drive systems for medium-duty class 3-6 commercial truck platforms. AMP Electric Vehicles, Inc. was founded in 2007 by entrepreneurs who have created several hi-tech companies. The AMP team is comprised of top automotive industry veterans and business executives. AMP has been focused on the electrification of fleet vehicles, including medium-duty class 3-6 trucks and vans. Over the past several years, the company's vehicle electrification technology has provided new solutions to America's energy demands. AMP/Workhorse vehicles are sold and supported through the existing Workhorse network of 440 dealers. For additional information visit http://www.ampelectricvehicles.com


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      Dave D
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, this will tick off lots of people LOL
        Dave
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave D
        $60,000 is a pretty nutty subsidy for a stepvan. This would tick me off if I were a California taxpayer. (But I'm not.)
      Letstakeawalk
      • 1 Year Ago
      Apparently, it's $30k for the vehicle from CA, and then another $30k if it's used in San Joaquin valley Air Basin, paid for by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVACPCD). http://www.californiahvip.org/ http://www.californiahvip.org/san-joaquin-valley-plus-up There's only a limited amount of funding, and it's first come-first serve. As regards AMP, how many Sky/Solstices did they end up selling? How about the Jeeps and Mercedes they were going to build - how many of those were sold?
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow! if i ran a company that needed these, i would be really happy if my state raised taxes on everyone else and used that money to practically buy me electric vans. Now if i was not the owner of a company that needed these, i would be really mad about the fact that my taxes were raised and taken to pay for some private company's vans. Ahh, good thing i moved out of California years ago. I can laugh from afar instead of be pissed off.
      • 10 Months Ago
      SCAM SCAM SCAM AMP AMP AMP
      EZEE
      • 1 Year Ago
      Utility trucks for city applications are about the perfect application of EV's at the moment - but $60K? Wow! Anyone out there have an explanation on why this is so amazingly high?
        paulwesterberg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @EZEE
        Batteries are expensive. Similar local delivery trucks that burn diesel fuel: - contribute a great deal of pollution to the cities they operate in. - have been poorly regulated from an efficiency/pollution standpoint. Dirty air is expensive to society as many people become ill and require expensive health care treatments.
          paulwesterberg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          Also, diesel particulates and other air pollutants have been linked to autism in children. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/06/23/diesel-particulates-other-air-pollutants-linked-to-autism-in-ch/ This lifelong problem has huge societal costs.
          Marcopolo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          @ paulwesterberg " Also, diesel particulates and other air pollutants have been linked to autism in children " Well, as I said at the time, it didn't take long to start an urban myth ! The article did not ' link 'diesel particles to cancer, nor did the article claim that diesel particles were a cause of Autism ! You obviously conveniently overlooked the paragraph in the article where it stated : "The studies don't, of course, suggest that this association means air pollution causes autism, only that there is a contributory link. Future research should involve taking blood samples from both mothers and babies to see exactly which chemicals are involved." The is a huge difference between an interesting statistic, and causal evidence !
          EZEE
          • 1 Year Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          Oh sure - but $60K - WOW. How much more do these things cost than a dumb ol' Leaf? Is this 1/2 off? 2/3's off?
      Letstakeawalk
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think a lot of food trucks are going to get a nice upgrade as these hit the lots...
      Giza Plateau
      • 1 Year Ago
      60k is cray cray
        Ryan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        Does the unsubsidized price exceed $60,000? That is why it is hard to be a small automaker in today's world. Just the upfront costs and overhead expenses would be way too much. Let alone the material costs/tool costs and then to try and make a profit...
          DarylMc
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ryan
          Hi Ryan The cost to the manufacturer probably well exceeds the limited total of this subsidy. I don't see the owners of AMP buying any Pacific islands soon. They will have done very well if they can turn a profit and still be in the business of electric vans 5 years from now.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      $60K? That can't be right. Why not just give the company two Nissan electric NV-200s.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        How about buying an EV with your own money... Shocking, i know.. but i've done it many times. I know it can be done :D
          EZEE
          • 1 Year Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          Buy something in your own? Rubbish!
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where can i sign up, for a free stream of profit courtesy of the taxpayer?
        DarylMc
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Details on HVIP here http://www.californiahvip.org/
          Nick Kordich
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DarylMc
          The largest voucher you can get is $45,000, and that's for replacing a heavy duty truck in near constant operation, which seems unlikely to be replaced with the electric van shown above. It's possible that additional incentives might boost the net amount up to $60,000, but I don't see a possibility of getting that through the voucher program. The most you'd be able to get replacing a medium-heavy duty truck (which these medium duty trucks might replace) is $35,000. Even then, $35k is the 'worst case' scenario that requires some trucks to be driving 90,000 miles a year (though the lowest that qualify is about 60,000 miles or fuel consumption in that range, depending on their age and emissions). In the same vein, you can make "up to $60,000" working from home from some anonymous Internet benefactor, according to some comments I see posted here regularly. For additional data (on the voucher program, not working from home): http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/moyer/voucher/voucher.htm http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/moyer/guidelines/2011gl/2011cmp_onvip_2_08_13.pdf It's funded through smog check fees, new tire fees and up to $6 from car registration fees: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Moyer_Memorial_Air_Quality_Standards_Attainment_Program
          Nick Kordich
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DarylMc
          Daryl - Thanks, I see it now. Even then, since it's not locally manufactured, you can't get the full value, but I see how it could add up to $60,000. It'd be interesting to hear a real-world reference from a company who's taken advantage of the offer, in terms of how it's affected their budget and business. I know how tough it can be to get a reference from a customer, but it seems like the least a recipient can do.
          DarylMc
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DarylMc
          Hi Nick It seems to me that there is a special deal for San Joaquin Valley which could bring it up to $60k. There is a limited funds available and it seems far less outrageous than the ensuing rage that's likely to develop from this headline.
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Two posts from a person who isn't pissed off? Wow, you sure seem pissed off for a person who isn't pissed off.
        DarylMc
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Well the first thing you know ol Jed's a millionaire, Kinfolk said "Jed move away from there" Said "Californy is the place you ought to be" So they loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly. But seriously, I think you should wait for the actual details before getting too excited:)
          EZEE
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DarylMc
          :D I ever read that, with the song in my mind! :D
          Marcopolo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DarylMc
          @DarylMc lol !
      EZEE
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey Peeps I did a bit of research - the Amp website does not list the price of the van, nor the price after discount - so no idea at the moment (and, we cannot pick on Danny for not listing the price, because it is not out there). No picking on Danny...
        DarylMc
        • 1 Year Ago
        @EZEE
        I suppose if he was really after hits it would have been posted over at Autoblog
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