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By Mark Kleis

Today AMP Holdings, a company which states that it is engaged in the "emission-free electrification of OEM vehicles," announced that it has secured an agreement with an unnamed automotive manufacturer to create and evaluate a pure EV based on an existing SUV within 60 days.

While the press release failed to name the OEM that AMP plans to based its EV off of, it is well known that AMP specializes in the electrification of General Motors vehicles, as both The Truth About Cars and the press release itself point out. Furthermore, in the same press release AMP also spends plenty of ink describing an already-built electric Chevrolet Equinox, further suggesting a tie between GM and AMP.

Steve Burns, CEO of AMP, said, "Time is not a luxury, it's a race to the finish now – AMP possesses the scalability and nimbleness to get an OEM to mass production with an already existing model literally within months. We believe the development of this prototype is a huge vote of confidence for our technology."

With such a strong emphasis on timeliness, it only further adds credence to the idea that AMP has already largely built and tested the SUV for which it has signed its latest contract, as vehicle development of this nature typically takes years. Burns did also make a statement that would suggest, however, that the 2010 Equinox EV is not the only vehicle they have tested, in saying, "It's not a concept...we've already done it with the 2010 GM Equinox, and we're going to be doing it again within the next few months with another mainstream SUV."

If it is not the Equinox, then that leaves a handful of other SUVs in question, ranging from mid-size to full-size.

What we know about the AMP Equinox

Pre-conversion, the 2010 Equinox has a curb weight of nearly 3,800 pounds, by far the heaviest production vehicle to-date to be converted to all-electric. AMP's electrification method uses custom lithium-iron battery packs and two rear-mounted Remy electric motors. These motors produce 160 kilowatts of peak power, which according to AMP, make it the most powerful and efficient on the market today.

The AMP'd Equinox can achieve zero-to-60 in less than eight seconds and reaches a top speed of 90 miles per hour. It can travel up to 150 miles on a single charge - an impressive feat for a vehicle of its size and weight. Charge times range from four hours with a 220v source, to 14 hours with a 110v source.

Pricing for the AMP'd Equinox is in the $50,000 realm.



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