Rapid Electric Vehicles (REV) has delivered the first of four all-electric Ancillary Power Vehicles (APVs) to the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Center (TARDEC) in Hawaii in partnership with Honeywell Aerospace.
The APVs are all-electric high performance fleet vehicles that combine REV’s proprietary energy storage and powertrain system that allow vehicle operators to invert its stored electricity and power industrial equipment, buildings and homes, in effect a mobile energy transport system.
In North America power outages cost the North American economies over $100 billion dollars a year, due in part to the lack of energy storage. As such REV APV’s are vehicles that provide considerable fuel savings to fleets and much needed storage on the grid. Using wireless control APV’s can be viewed online as an energy storage resource distributed throughout a region. With a signal from the utility, APV’s can instantly charge energy from and discharge energy to the grid wherever the vehicle is plugged, to help prevent blackouts and increase the reliability of power grids in the utility’s local areas.
REV has additional launch partners in the construction, utility, military and municipal segments with expected orders of more than 200 APVs in 2011. Following these launch orders REV is preparing to scale production beyond 15,000 vehicles through 2014.
REV develops and distributes 100 percent electric vehicles with a proprietary drive system that can power industrial equipment, buildings and homes. Using real-time location-based technologies REV vehicles also act as a distributed power resource for the electric grid.