It’s not a very long video – but luckily I did have camcorder out as we passed this flatbed the other day. Video was taken heading southbound on Interstate 55. Not sure why flatbed was heading southbound when this vehicle is supposed to be manufactured in Hazelwood, Mo. I’d venture a guess from license plate this vehicle is coming over from Britain. Emerald Automotive is a US subsidiary of a British company who are just getting operations started here in United States. From what I’ve read – US production may not have started yet. Which would explain why this hybrid electric cargo van was heading southbound.
Emerald Automotive t-001 runs similar to a Chevy Volt. Both run on battery power for a certain amount of miles. When batteries energy depletes a gas, diesel or biofuel ( biodiesel and E85 are examples ) engine kicks in to run as a generator to recharge battery pack. This type of setup is sometimes called a Plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or an extended range hybrid. There are other Plug-in hybrids on market – the Chevy Volt is what I would consider best known right now.
From what I’ve read the Emerald Automotive t-001 will run 66 miles on battery power only. After that a gas or diesel engine starts running as a generator to replenish battery pack. When pack is fully charged – this cargo van works off batteries again. Vehicle runs from an electric motor at all times. Sixty-six miles of all electric range is about 30 miles more than what Volt provides. These EV miles reduce fuel consumption and reduce operating cost. It’s much cheaper to “fuel” up using an electricity provider versus what you pay for a gallon of gas. You could recharge this cargo van several times for the cost of 1 gallon of fossil fuel.
“The 25kwh lithium ion battery pack can be recharged from a 3 phase power supply in 2-3 hours. Top speed of 80mph.”
I would assume EV miles might be reduced depending on weight of what is being transported. Although range estimates may include cargo van being fully loaded at capacity.
I’d guess – truck shown above was heading to a Emerald Automotive facility in Hazelwood, Mo. Either as a demonstrator vehicle, an educational tool for new employees or to fulfill an order.