ARMY GETS BRIGHT (EV)
Bright Automotive Launches Bright eSolutions, Announces U.S. Army Hybrid Vehicle Contract; Bright eSolutions Leverages Industry’s Most Experienced Plug-in Team to Help OEMs and Others Build Advanced Technology Vehicles
October 26, 2009 (Bright Automotive, Inc.)
"Bright Automotive, Inc. [through its newly launched] Bright eSolutions [has contracted with] the U.S. Army TACOM to conduct a demonstration project on a low-cost plug-in hybrid electric solution for non-tactical military vehicles.
"Bright Automotive has leveraged the industry’s most experienced EV/PHEV team to develop the IDEA, a revolutionary, purpose-built, plug-in hybrid utility fleet vehicle. Bright Automotive CEO John E. Waters developed the battery pack for the General Motors EV1, while Nigel Francis, who leads eSolutions, has two decades of automotive experience…"
The IDEA is designed for efficiency...(click to enlarge)
"Bright eSolutions will work with TACOM to demonstrate the feasibility of Bright Automotive’s parallel hybrid technology for military non-combat use. As part of the $1.4 million contract, eSolutions will also work with the U.S. Army to demonstrate the ability of plug-in hybrid vehicles to deliver power to the grid…"
...and ready for duty. (click to enlarge)
"Bright Automotive’s IDEA is the world’s first multi-purpose, plug-in hybrid electric vehicle aimed at commercial and government fleets. Bright eSolutions is building upon the successful development of the IDEA by delivering expertise to customers developing greener and more efficient hybrid electric technologies. Bright eSolutions is working with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other customers worldwide to develop vehicle and component electrification and efficiency strategies.
"Bright eSolutions will offer clients expert guidance on a variety of strategies in the field of EV/PHEV vehicle development, from EV powertrain integration and conversions, to aerodynamics and lightweighting, to battery cell engineering…[across]…Vehicle Design…Vehicle Engineering…Energy Storage…Propulsion…Conversions…[and] General Consulting…"