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PHOTO CAPTION: Freightliner MT-45 step van uses 120kW Enova electric drive system.

Freightliner, Enova Target All-Electric Delivery Fleets

Firms hope to begin deployment of all-electric MT-45 delivery vans to parcel delivery fleets in North America in 2010.

Published: 02-Dec-2009

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Enova Systems, Inc., (NYSE AMEX:ENA) (AIM:ENV) (AIM:ENVS) a leading developer of propriety electric, hybrid and fuel cell digital power-management systems propelling the alternative energy industry, announces the company has completed a major step toward greening North America’s commercial fleets.

In a four-phase initiative launched in collaboration with Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC), the companies plan to deliver all-electric commercial vehicles to the North American fleet market by 2010. Today they announce the completion of the ambitious program’s first phase.

“We are on target with FCCC to achieve our shared goal of deploying all-electric vehicles with national fleets in early 2010,” says Enova Chief Operating Officer, John Mullins. “This is welcome news for the many fleets and parcel delivery companies across North America that are looking to transition to all-electric vehicles in 2010.”

To support this transition, Enova is integrating its 120kW all-electric drive system technology with strategically selected FCCC chassis platforms, including the MT-45 walk-in van chassis used by a range of FCCC’s national fleet customers. The company’s highest volume chassis, the MT-45 offers a gross vehicle weight up to 19,000 lbs. with maximum payloads of 10,000 lbs.

“As part of the first phase of our joint initiative, we demonstrated the Enova Ze walk-in van powered by our integrated all-electric drive technology to key customers and national fleet industry decisions-makers,” explains Mullins. “The response has been extremely enthusiastic.”

Among those who participated in the demonstrations were the U.S. Department of Energy, United States Postal Service, US Postal Regulatory Commission, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). During 2009 Enova also demonstrated the all-electric Ze van at conferences across the nation, including the Plug-In 2009 Conference in Long Beach, CA; the NC and SC Clean Cities Coalition in Gaffney, SC; and the Calstart Hybrid Truck Users Forum Conference in Atlanta, GA.

In 2009, Enova and FCCC identified and qualified national fleet operators who will receive the first deployment of pilot vehicles. Enova also completed a supplier audit conducted at the company’s Torrance facility.

“With the completion of our first phase, Enova and FCCC are gearing up for the next phase,” says Mullins. “We’re preparing to demonstrate the outstanding performance of our electric vehicles on real-world delivery routes, and deploy EVs across the commercial fleet segment. 2010 is poised to be a green year for national fleets.”

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