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TransPower Unveils Their Latest Generation Electric Heavy Truck

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Press Release / May 21, 2014

TransPower has launched a new electric Class 8 heavy truck featuring the company’s “ElecTruck” battery-electric drive system. The truck is designed for short-distance intermodal service.

This latest version of the company’s drive system includes a dual-motor propulsion unit designed to provide up to 300 kilowatts (400 horsepower) of peak power, a five-speed automated manual transmission, a unique power conversion and accessory assembly that replaces the truck engine, and a modular 270 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery subsystem using proprietary TransPower battery management software.

Last year, the company secured a US$3.7 million public grant to begin experimental operation of their Class 8 tractors at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Funding has been provided by the California Energy Commission, U.S. Department of Energy, South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

TransPower’s electric drive system is being installed into eight Navistar International ProStar tractors for the long-term demonstration at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

TransPower (Transportation Power, Inc.) is a privately-held California company that develops and produces clean vehicle and stationary energy storage technologies and products.

The company emerged on the truck scene last year with the introduction of an electric yard tractor (http://www.transpowerusa.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Electric-Yard-Tractor-Data-Sheet-3-25-13.pdf).

TransPower has developed a proprietary “ElecTruck™” integrated electric drive system for large trucks, tractors, and buses. TransPower is also developing its “Grid-Saver” fast energy storage system, designed to maximize commonality with TransPower’s electric vehicle products, including lithium battery modules, battery management systems, and energy management technology. TransPower is also developing drive products using state of the art hybrid-electric and fuel cell hybrid propulsion systems. (www.transpowerusa.com)

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