Wondering What the Future Looks Like? It’s Electric


By Staff Reports

(DGIwire) — From the moment we wake up to the moment we go to sleep, almost everything we encounter is powered by electricity. Many people rely on their smartphone alarms to rouse them from sleep, and use electric toothbrushes to keep their teeth clean. Every time we flip a light switch, ride the subway, brew a pot of coffee or check our email, we can thank electricity.

People were aware of electricity even before we became reliant on lights and gadgets. Ancient Egyptian texts dating from 2750 BC described feeling shocks from electric fish in the Nile River. Clearly this “spark” was not merely a human invention, but rather a naturally occurring phenomenon whose power was harnessed by humans to generate new inventions and revolutionize modern society.

One of the most recent advancements in electricity comes to us in the form of electric vehicles. A few years ago, smart cars and hybrids were a rarity on the roads, but now they’ve become much more prevalent and are saving people hundreds of dollars in fuel each year. Until recently, only passenger cars received the electric treatment. Now, one company is drastically changing the field for delivery vehicles too.

AMP Electric Vehicles, based in Cincinnati, manufactures electric drive systems for medium-duty class 3-6 commercial truck platforms. It recently completed building its WorkHorse E-GEN™ electric truck. Fully EPA-approved, the ultra-efficient E-GEN truck incorporates a small spark-ignition engine that powers the drive motor as a generator when it’s not in drive mode. This motor/generator is designed to turn on automatically to recharge the battery pack if the charge falls below a certain level, the drive selector is in “park,” the key is out and the emergency brake is on, typically when the driver is making deliveries.

This technology offers several benefits to its users: it eliminates any anxiety about how long the vehicle can run without having to recharge; the system costs less than an all-electric system; and the life of the battery is extended, since its management software precludes depletion beyond its normal range.

What about maintenance? Since it is currently unlikely that many existing body shops are or might soon be equipped with the tools to tune up these new vehicles, WorkHorse offers support through a network of more than 400 dealers and service centers throughout the United States and Canada. AMP Electric also seamlessly integrates with Up Time Parts and the WorkHorse warranty system to provide customers with warranties, replacement parts and the highest standard of service.

Steve Burns, CEO of AMP Electric Vehicles, says, “The future of transportation is electric. Our company is committed to finding the best solutions for both energy efficiency and reducing emissions. We believe our E-GEN trucks are the key to bringing delivery vehicles into the 21st century.”

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