Progressive Automotive X-Prize contender Advanced Mechanical Products, Inc. (AMP) will (probably) use electric motors from Remy International, Inc. for its converted Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice electric vehicles (EVs). The two companies signed "a letter of intent for a potential long‐term electric motor supply agreement." Specifically, AMP will use Remy's HVH250TM electric motors, which AMP president Steve Burns called "simply the best on the market today."
AMP is currently taking reservations to install its all-electric drivetrain into 2007-2009 Skys and Solstices at an introductory price of $25,000, before tax credits. AMP says that once converted, the EVs will have a range of around 150 miles per charge. The Remy motors offer "improved fuel economy, increased range in all‐electric drive mode and the potential for a smaller internal combustion engine in hybrid vehicles." Don't expect AMP to get involved in hybrid powertrains; the Ohio-based company says more all-electric conversions of GM vehicles are in its future plans.
Remy International, Inc. to Supply HVH250TM Electric Motors to Advanced Mechanical Products, Inc.
Pendleton, Ind. (February 15, 2010) – Remy International, Inc. and Advanced Mechanical Products, Inc. (AMP) have signed a letter of intent for a potential long‐term electric motor supply agreement. AMP will use the Remy HVH250TM electric motors in their custom electric vehicle conversions.
AMP has developed an all‐electric high performance, high efficiency drive train for installation into select modern passenger vehicles. The first two vehicles available for AMP conversions are the GM Saturn Sky and the GM Pontiac Solstice. The end product is an all‐electric vehicle with the built in safeties and handling of a conventional internal combustion engine sports car with a range of up to 150 miles per charge.
Remy's patented electric motor technology will contribute greatly to the speed and range of AMP's vehicles. The HVH250 is an advanced electric motor/generator for electric and hybrid vehicles based on Remy's patented High Voltage Hairpin (HVH) technology that provides dramatically improved motor performance and cooling effectiveness. The world‐class torque and power density allows for improved fuel economy, increased range in all‐electric drive mode and the potential for a smaller internal combustion engine in hybrid vehicles.
AMP's President Steve Burns said, "Remy's HVH250 electric motor is simply the best on the market today, and is easily integrated into our drive train. Our customers demand the best of both worlds – the speed and performance of a true sports car and the environmental principles of an electric car. This strategic partnership is a direct reflection of our deep commitment to innovation and engineering."
AMP will purchase standard Remy HVH250 components and design and develop their own motor housing and interface components to fit the needs of the specific vehicle being converted to electric. Remy HVH electric motors have been designed to reduce customer development costs (tooling and non‐recurring engineering) as well as the production costs associated with low‐volume custom designs. This new approach to product design is also improving speed to market and reducing cost barriers to customers in the emerging hybrid and electric vehicle marketplace.
Remy CEO John Weber said, "Our business relationship with AMP is another example of the ease in which the Remy HVH electric motor technology can be integrated seamlessly across a wide array of vehicle and off‐road applications. We are looking forward to working with AMP as they continue to grow their market share in the electrification of the automobile."
For more details about the HVH250 Series electric motors visit the Remy website at: http://www.remyinc.com/hvh.asp.
About Remy International, Inc. Remy International, Inc., headquartered in Pendleton, Indiana, is a leading global manufacturer, remanufacturer and distributor of light duty starters, alternators and hybrid power technology and Delco Remy brand heavy‐duty systems. In business for over 100 years, today Remy International is actively collaborating with companies throughout the world to develop innovations that are transforming the vehicle industry. Recently, Remy International was recognized by the United States Department of Energy for its leadership role in the hybrid technologies space and awarded a $60 million grant under the Electric Drive Vehicle Battery and Component Manufacturing Initiative.
To learn more, visit the Remy brand website at www.remyinc.com.
About Advanced Mechanical Products, Inc. AMP was founded in 2007 by automotive industry veterans who have created several hi‐tech companies. Currently, AMP's first conversions to all‐electric are the GM Saturn Sky and the Pontiac Solstice, with additional vehicles in development. Since its inception last year, the AMP converted all‐electric Saturn Sky has proven itself to be an idea that has generated an extreme amount of interest, with inquiries coming from around the world. AMP will be converting a wide range of GM vehicles to all‐electric, and will announce the new model conversions in the first quarter of 2010. The Company expects its patent‐pending vehicle conversion technology will provide new solutions to America's energy demands.
To learn more, visit the AMP website at www.ampelectricvehicles.com.
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