The DOE grant sponsored by the Ozark Center for Sustainable Solutions calls for Electric Car Company, Inc. (ECC) to convert a Transit Shuttle Bus equipped with a 275HP Cummins diesel engine into one with a full electric drive-train.
Specifications requires ECC to replace the diesel engine in the shuttle bus with a premium 100% "Pure Electric" drive-train that will have a 150 mile travel range between charges at an average speed of 55 MPH and a top speed of 85MPH. The bus will also be equipped with air conditioning, quick response electric heating, full Regenerative Braking resulting in shorter stopping distances, all while reducing interior noise levels by 40%. The new engine and rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries are expected to have an average life of 450,000 miles.
This Grant will give ECC the opportunity to exploit a new image that the electric power-train provides to the commercial fleet industry and become well known across the general population for being among the first "Green" commercial fleet manufacturers. Electric Car Company, Inc. will then be able to demonstrate to its customers how they can realize an 80% or greater reduction in costs over the life of their fleets while operating a "zero emissions" vehicle, effectively having almost no negative impact on the environment.
"This is just about the best news we have received since we started on this path," stated Gary Spaniak, CEO of Electric Car Company, Inc. "By getting the nod from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), it reaffirms that our conversion process is not only going save companies and municipalities a lot of money, it’s also going to contribute to a greener economy and a greener planet."
Electric Car Company, Inc., (OTCBB: ELCR) is a vehicle conversion Company that specializes in electric conversion and manufacturing for the livery and fleet markets including corporate VIP, Party Buses, Municipal Buses and Delivery Vehicles. The company brings together businesses specializing in customizing vehicles & powertrains. This proven business strategy is building a dominating presence in the aftermarket automotive up-fitter segment, including, but not limited to "PURE ELECTRIC" cars, liquid propane conversions, limousines & other livery vehicles, specialty fleet vehicles, classic automobiles and custom restorations.
The Company fully expects to have the first zero emissions, "PURE ELECTRIC" livery vehicle ready to unveil by first quarter, 2010. The long-term strategy is to offer and expand the company’s line of products that will revolutionize the specialty automotive vehicle market.
Electric Car Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Imperial Coach Works, Inc. and its custom manufacturing division Imperial Coach Builders, Inc., is a limousine and specialty vehicle manufacturing entity that operates out of a 60,000-sq/ft facility in Springfield, MO., www.limoland.com.