After hooking up with Enova Systems for an electric drivetrain and with Tesla Motors for a battery pack, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) has now teamed with Morgan Olson to create an appropriate walk-in van (WIV) body to wrap the entire package in. Dubbed the MT-EV, the new clean sheet design puts an emphasis on aerodynamics and driver comfort.
A couple weeks ago, Remy International chief executive officer John Weber offered up his one-sided opinion regarding the shift towards in-house production of vital hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) components. As a discouraged Weber previously remarked:
Freightliner Custom Chassis walk-in van – Click above for high-res image gallery
It seems as though the entry of newcomers Modec and Smith Electric Vehicles (and maybe even Boulder Electric Vehicles) into the North American electric truck market has prompted Freightliner to set about putting their own all-electric chassis together. To help speed things along, they have enlisted the aid of Enova Systems, a company with hybrid and electric vehicle experience. Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation and the California cleantech firm have signed a Letter of Intent that will see
Two of the first 19 hybrid school buses have just been delivered to Manatee County, Florida as part of the Plug-In Hybrid Electric School Bus Project. Designed to test the viability of the new buses, a hybrid and a control bus will travel the same route, alternating every two weeks, for a period of two years which should equate to more than a million miles of service each.
Inside the E Vehicles garage. Click to enter high-resolution photo gallery.