UQM Technologies PowerPhase electric propulsion systems will drive 100 UPS delivery vehicles

Being built by Electric Vehicles International


UQM Technologies has received an order for 100 additional PowerPhase HD Select 200 systems from Electric Vehicles International (EVI) that will drive all-electric UPS delivery vans built by EVI.

This purchase is in addition to systems previously delivered and integrated into EVI medium duty trucks and walk-in vans.

“We’re very pleased that UPS has selected the all-electric EVI delivery van for the expansion of its all-electric delivery van fleet program,” said Eric Ridenour, UQM Technologies President and Chief Executive Officer. “The expansion of our business with EVI into UPS vehicles represents a significant deployment of our higher power propulsion systems in the medium duty commercial truck market and will drive revenue growth in this important segment.”

According to UPS, it will deploy these 100 all-electric vehicles in California early in 2012, replacing older generation diesel trucks in the largest single deployment of zero tailpipe emission delivery vehicles in the state.

UPS estimates that the use of these vehicles will displace 126,000 gallons of fuel a year that would have been burned running diesel trucks.

“We are building PowerPhase HD Select 200 systems for these vehicles now and will deliver our first shipment to EVI this quarter,” said Ridenour.

The UQM PowerPhase HD Select 200 system includes a 200 kW (268 horsepower)/900 N-m (664 ft-lbs) electric motor/generator and controller.

The PowerPhase HD series is designed specifically for use in commercial vehicles.

UQM electric propulsion systems are used in a variety of segments from motorcycles, cars trucks and buses, and most recently in marine applications.

UQM Technologies is a developer and manufacturer of power-dense, high-efficiency electric motors, generators and power electronic controllers for the automotive, aerospace, military and industrial markets.

A major emphasis for UQM is developing products for the alternative-energy technologies sector, including propulsion systems for electric, hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell electric vehicles, under-the-hood power accessories and other vehicle auxiliaries.

EVI is a pioneer in alternative energy vehicle development, manufacturing and deployment, with over 20 years of success optimizing alternative energy powertrains. EVI vehicles are manufactured with the most efficient powertrains and the safest, longest-lasting batteries, seamlessly integrated into tough American-built chassis.

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