26 Nov '12, 7pm

Emerald Automotive, like Bright, has big ideas for PHEV delivery van

Emerald Automotive, like Bright, has big ideas for PHEV delivery van

A plug-in hybrid delivery van sure seems like a good idea for commercial fleet customers looking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and better manage volatile gasoline prices, right? Some companies, FedEx and Frito-Lay, are already buying green vehicles, and there are many other companies making a lot of short hauls in crowded urban areas where people would notice a reduction in diesel fumes. So why is this nut so difficult to crack? Things didn't go so well for no-longer-in-business Bright Automotive . While it didn't offer a plug-in hybrid, Azure Dynamics did offer an electrified Ford Transit Connect to a similar client base, and things didn't go well for them , either. Even if the path to success is in no way guaranteed, the UK-based Emerald Automotive is going to give it a shot. Emerald Automotive recently moved its office to St. Louis, MO, and is staffed by a team of ...

Full article: http://green.autoblog.com/2012/11/26/emerald-automotive-b...

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