FCCC, Enova to collaborate on all-electric commercial chassis

  • 25-Sep-2009 04:21 EDT

The MT-45 walk-in van chassis from FCCC will soon add an all-electric version to go with its diesel (shown), compressed natural gas, and hybrid-electric offerings.

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) and Enova Systems intend to jointly develop an all-electric commercial chassis and have already begun initial capability demonstrations for potential customers. The development program involves the engineering and integration of Enova’s 120-kW and 90-kW all-electric drive systems into target FCCC chassis platforms, including the MT-45 walk-in van chassis, which is used by such customers as UPS and Federal Express. The MT-45—Freightliner’s highest-volume chassis—offers a gross vehicle weight rating between 14,140 and 19,000 lb (6415 and 8620 kg) and maximum payloads of 10,000 lb (4535 kg). The strategic agreement consists of four phases that include the development of at least four vehicles and placement into national fleets. Design, engineering, integration, and testing activities will be conducted at the FCCC plant in Gaffney, SC, and the Enova facility in Torrance, CA. The 2010 timeframe for deployment of all-electric commercial vehicles is a goal for many of the national fleet operators currently served by the two companies, they noted.

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