ALTe E350, an electtrified Ford E350

ALTe plug-in electric hybrid powertrain to double MPG for Ford E350 fleet van

ALTe Powertrain Technologies (ALTe), the developer of the first range-extended, plug-in electric hybrid powertrain for light commercial fleet vehicle applications like the Ford F150 truck, announced today that it has successfully installed its powertrain system in a second line of vehicles – the Ford Econoline E350 platform.

This new line for ALTe Powertrain Technologies literally launches the second vehicle line which uses the plug-in electric hybrid powertrain systems. This vehicle, though, is based on the Ford E350, and will offer more choices to fleet managers who seek to convert their fleets to plug-in electric hybrid.

ALTe began engineering development on the Ford E350 platform in late 2011 reflecting the popularity of this vehicle in the fleet industry. There are currently more than 125,000 E350 vans of the 2004-2010 model years registered to corporate, government and utility fleet owners in the U.S. Because fleets typically drive two to five times the average miles of retail and individual consumers, the fuel consumption, emissions reductions and financial returns for this target market are significant.

As the developer of the first range-extended plug-in electric hybrid powertrain used to repower light commercial vehicles, ALTe will use its patented system as a retrofit into existing fleet vehicles, as well as used in “glider” applications of new vehicles to dramatically increase their fuel economy and lower emissions. Designed to replace a base V-8 internal combustion engine powertrain, the system’s patented technology improves fuel economy from 80 percent to 200 percent.

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