Commercial Electric Van
PSA Peugeot-Citroen has turned to GS Yuasa for lithium-ion battery packs for the automakers' upcoming commercial electric vans. The batteries will be manufactured at a Ritto, Shiga Prefecture plant owned by Lithium Energy Japan, a joint venture between GS Yuasa and Mitsubishi Motors. This plant, according to a report published in the Japanese Nikkei newspaper, can crank out enough li-ion batteries for up to 50,000 electric vehicles a year.
Mitsubishi Motors announced its intentions to launch a compact, battery-electric delivery van in Japan by the end of 2011. The automaker plans on selling 10,000 of the commercial-use vans as quickly as possible and targets a sub-two million yen ($24,450 U.S. at the current exchange rate) price after government subsidies are factored in. Mitsubishi president Osamu Masuko said the company's intentions are to produce an electric van after handing a prototype version over to Yamato Holdings Co., Jap
ePower Trucks, a UK-based company, just introduced its XT320E 3.5t, a battery-powered light commercial vehicle that undercuts the price of most of its electric competition by a substantial margin. At £30,000 ($47,000 U.S. at the current exchange rate), the XT320E costs around half as much as competitive, 3.5 ton, battery-powered vehicles on the market. ePower claims that its use of lead-acid battery technology has allowed the company to keep costs low while still being able to offer a comm