Amp Holding Inc., the company behind Amp Electric Vehicles and the all-electric conversions of the Saturn Sky and the Chevrolet Equinox (pictured), announced today it has, "signed an agreement with a major OEM to electrify one of its SUVs." Only scant details are available in the official press release, but Amp has apparently already begun the engineering process and has the vehicle in its care. Amp is claiming it will take two months to finish the engineering process and give the SUV back. Amp's CEO, Steve Burns, said in a statement:
Amp says it "expects to explore additional initiatives with other OEMs in the near future." Maybe someone at Ford or Chrysler believes Burn's claim that the converted Equinox will be a "Leaf beater."Time is not a luxury, it's a race to the finish now – AMP possesses the scalability and nimbleness to get an OEM to mass production with an already existing model literally within months. We believe the development of this prototype is a huge vote of confidence for our technology. ... We've already done [a conversion] with the 2010 GM Equinox, and we're going to be doing it again within the next few months with another mainstream SUV.
In July, Amp was eliminated from the Automotive X-Prize. The competition car, the converted Sky, managed to hit 90 miles per gallon equivalent, but emitted more than 200 grams of CO2 per mile in the wells-to-wheel calculation and was also unable to complete all of the required laps in the Range Event.
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AMP to Develop Electric Prototype for Major OEM
AMP Engineers to Utilize Evolutionary Technology to Electrify SUV
BLUE ASH, Ohio, Sept. 13, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AMP Holding Inc. (OTCBB:AMPD), a company engaged in the emission-free electrification of OEM vehicles, announced it has signed an agreement with a major OEM to electrify one of its SUVs.
Under the terms of the agreement, AMP has received one current model SUV from an OEM and has already commenced the engineering process. AMP anticipates completing the electrification process and delivering the SUV back to the manufacturer for review in approximately 60 days. AMP's unique drive train technology is a lower-cost, efficient solution that was designed from inception to be readily adaptable to currently marketed ICE-based (internal combustion engine) OEM vehicles with minimum engineering and capitalization costs. Because of its unique ability to bring an OEM to market with speed and efficiency, the Company expects to explore additional initiatives with other OEMs in the near future.
Steve Burns, CEO of AMP, said, "Time is not a luxury, it's a race to the finish now – AMP possesses the scalability and nimbleness to get an OEM to mass production with an already existing model literally within months. We believe the development of this prototype is a huge vote of confidence for our technology. Our model is simple, applying our evolutionary technology by working with world-class automakers.
"The AMP electric drive train is based on an entirely new and unique technology - we're powering SUV's and crossovers that go faster and further than any current or upcoming peer offerings, even those based on modified light-weight sedans. Imagine, after replacing a standard ICE and transmission, getting an almost 4,000-pound SUV to go zero to 60 in eight seconds? It's not a concept...we've already done it with the 2010 GM Equinox, and we're going to be doing it again within the next few months with another mainstream SUV. Gas-free vehicles are the future and we believe AMP's unique technology will be leading the way."
AMP currently electrifies several GM models, including the 2010 GM Equinox. Pre-conversion, the Equinox has a curb weight of nearly 3,800 pounds, by far the heaviest production vehicle to-date to be converted to all-electric. AMP's approach is a true paradigm shift – using custom lithium-iron battery packs and two rear-mounted Remy electric motors, it produces 160 kilowatts of peak power, making it by far the most powerful and efficient on the market today. Current peer offerings do not come close to the range, efficiency and cost effectiveness of the Remy-powered drive train. The AMP'd Equinox can achieve zero to 60 in less than eight seconds and reaches a top speed of 90 miles per hour. It can travel up to 150 miles on a single charge.
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 models to all-electric were the GM Sky and the Pontiac Solstice, and most recently, the Chevrolet Equinox. 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 will be electrifying a wide range of OEM vehicles and SUVs, and expects to announce new model additions in 2010. The Company expects its vehicle electrification 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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