AMP, a Finalist and electric drivetrain producer based in Cincinnati, Ohio, has succeeded in bringing test vehicles to market since the completion of the Progressive Automotive X PRIZE last summer. AMP's first all-electric models were the Saturn Sky/Pontiac Solstice convertibles and the Chevrolet Equinox.
“We probably have 100,000 electric miles on our vehicles,” states Steve Burns, AMP founder and CEO. “These early customers and actual road miles have helped us refine our craft to the point that we are now ready to validate and crash test our vehicles.”
In addition to the development work on their core GM products, AMP has delivered the first of 1,000 AMP electrified Mercedes Benz ML to Northern Lights Energy of Iceland. The agreement for 1,000 vehicles was signed on April 14, 2011 and volume delivery is expected to begin this fall. According to Burns, “Iceland is kind of a perfect storm for EV's. High gas prices, almost free electricity, high taxes on ICE based vehicles and moderate temperatures. Quite a test bed.”