More importantly, it would offer fleet customers a more fuel-efficient option when it comes to fleet vehicle purchases. Bright’s IDEA plug-in hybrid van is marketed as having a 30-mile all-electric range, with a range-extender kicking in to provide up to 35 mpg after the battery is drained. Talk about a big boon to fleet-owners who increasingly see their profits sunk into fueling up. Bright is even working on a version of the van for the military, providing up to 3.3 kW of power continuously at either 110 or 220 volts.
From HUMVEEs to plug-in hybrids, the greening of America is slowly taking shape, and with major OEM’s failing to provide fuel-efficient fleet solutions, it is going to fall to companies like Bright Automotive, XL Hybrids, and Smith Electric vehicles to step up. Once the OEM’s do get rolling though, will there still be a place at the table for small companies like Bright?
Source: Business Week