What's In An Emerald Automotive Hybrid Van?

With Wednesday's announcement that the British company would call Hazelwood home of its North American fleet, Hazelwood Patch explains what makes the company confident it's van can breathe new life into the area's dying manufacturing sector.

Emerald Automotive is a relatively new company and will produce a fleet of electric and diesel powered delivery vans in Hazelwood.

The St. Louis area is ecstatic about the announcement of new vehicle pant assembly jobs with the hard blows served to the area in the demise of Ford and Chrysler, but does anyone really know what an Emerald vehicle really is?

The vehicle is a lightweight, electric hybrid commercial van. It is set to be initially sold in Europe, with some integration into America at a later date. England's postal service, Royal Mail, is said to be the first customer. Other potential customers could include delivery services and utility companies.

The vehicles will be built using existing component parts including some bumpers that will come from Ford. What sets this vehicle apart is the Lotus aluminum chassis.

Another big difference is what's under the hood. The engine will run on electric power, and also draw on other fuels. The engine could run on gas, CNG or biofuels. 

"We have a diesel engine that recharges the battery while the vehicle is moving," said Sharon Heaton, Emerald's general counsel and managing director of Wellford Energy, a clean tech advisory firm that advised Emerald's move overseas. "As a result we can get 475 miles on a range and could get that greater by using a different diesel motor."

Emerald Automotive is a U.S. company. Two entities own it. Both are Britian based. Andy Tempest is a senior partner at AGT Strategic, which helps develop ultra-low emission, lightweight delivery vans is one.

Intelligent Energy is the second owner. It employs 150 people and makes clean power systems for a lot of things including consumer electronics and motocycles.

mark barnett July 28, 2011 at 10:48 PM
who and how do i contact to become a supplier?
Vicky McNew July 30, 2011 at 07:52 PM
How do I become a supplier or offer services to the company?
Betty Randall August 09, 2011 at 09:59 PM
I am excited that Emerald Automovite saw the value in a major automotive plant making its home in St. Louis. Please contact me when your website is completed or to let me know how and where I can apply.
Joe Merriman January 21, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Maybe they can use the closed Chrysler plants in Fenton. They have two state of the art plants with and EPA coal burning power plant and a $1 billion dollar chiller building that will keep both plants at 72 degrees in 110 degrees temperatures. They also have a water treatment plant to handle the water with water tower to handle the weather needs of both plants and let us not forget the 2 new underground tanks for gas, oil, transmission fluid and oh my gosh what about the brand new body shop additions that cost another $ billion to the facility. Emerald can move right in and start production this month and let’s not forget the 43,000 jobs the closing of those 2 plants have available for Emerald. So come on Emerald use the Fenton Chrysler facility for your new van company because that’s the kind of vehicle Chrysler built in Fenton. By the way Chrysler was testing all electric vans back in the 90’s with GM so they might have some insight on how to build them.
Candace Jarrett January 21, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Joe, their agreement is with the City of Hazelwood to manufacture in Hazelwood, so site location will be in Hazelwood. Didn't they tear down Chrysler? I'm pretty sure you commented on Ferd's blog about some aspects of it being torn down if the whole thing wasn't: http://fenton-highridge.patch.com/blog_posts/demolition-of-the-chrysler-plant.


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