Bright Automotive, best known for its 100-mpg IDEA plug-in utility van, announced a new $1.4 million contract with the U.S. Army to build a plug-in hybrid for non-combat use. The PHEV will be designed to cut Army fuel consumption as well as to demonstrate how an EV could potentially feed power back to the grid. The project is part of an Army initiative to explore how bases could eventually run off-grid.
The Army contract isn't the only way that Bright is lending its expertise these days. The company has also launched eSolutions, a consulting program where they will provide automotive manufacturers knowledge on how to develop EVs. The company will give guidance on design, engineering, energy storage, propulsion, conversion systems and how to green operations.
Bright is hoping these new endeavors will speed up EV development around the world.
via Autoblog Green
written by M Williams, November 03, 2009
written by CIWAInc, November 04, 2009
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