The new Optimal EV E1-R is built on Optimal Platform Technology and based on the Ford E-450 cutaway chassis, according to the company's news release. Fontaine will integrate the E1-R into commercial vehicle applications including school buses, shuttle buses, delivery vans, and specialty vehicles at its network of post-production truck modification centers.
“We are excited to offer our customers another option allowing them to participate in the clean tech revolution that’s underway,” said Jason Hughes, SVP of business development at Optimal EV. “In fact, repowering existing vehicles is even a greener solution than first-sale examples, as the carbon emitted in the vehicle’s manufacturing process has already been accounted for. Repower also immediately offsets previously invested sunk costs. Add to that the fact that we are working with a world-class integrator like Fontaine, and it’s really a 360-degree win.”
The repowered vehicles will provide commercial vehicle applications, including school buses, shuttle buses, delivery vehicles, and specialty vehicles with zero-emissions performance, safety, and durability.
“The Optimal EV system design is simple and clean which allows for a robust and efficient integration,” said David Brosky, VP of sales & business development at Fontaine Modification. “We’re looking forward to collaborating with the Optimal team to bring this repower solution to market.”
The first range of repower solutions is for the Ford E-450 cutaway chassis.
The E1-R powertrain will be available on the 2018 to 2023 model year Ford E-450 cutaway chassis. The powertrain features Proterra113kW batteries, and all power electronics and high-voltage cables are protected inside the vehicle’s frame rails.
Each conversion starts with a vehicle inspection. The repowered vehicles are equipped with a new powertrain and user interface.