Electric SUV Conversions Get A Cincy Showroom

An automaker that specializes in converting gasoline-fueled cars in to electric vehicles (EVs) has opened its first dealership.

The flagship dealership was opened in Cincinnati, Ohio, the location of AMP Electric Vehicle’s factory.



image via AMP Electric Vehicles

At the opening of the AMP dealership, the EV specialist premiered its most recent conversions: The MLe is based on the Mercedes ML350, and according to AMP is the only production all-wheel-drive electric SUV currently on the market. Another SUV getting a showing at the event was the AMP GCE, based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Both vehicles can travel up to 125 miles on a single battery charge.

“We are very excited and proud to share this important moment,” dealership president Dana Hackney, who also owns Mercedes-Benz and Jeep dealerships in the greater Cincinnati and Lexington area, said in a statement. “To many people, the EVs that are on the market today are small. AMP all-electric SUVs offer a unique full-size EV experience. The wait is over. People wanting a full-size EV can now order an AMP.”

Banking on the American consumer trend of wanting products that are big and powerful, the company has targeted its electrification technology at the SUVs and commercial medium duty vehicle. As a result their sales come from both consumers and commercial fleet clients.

Last year, AMP signed a fleet agreement with Icelandic company Northern Lights Energy (NLE) that the company said at the time was worth $100 million once fully executed. Under the deal, AMP was expected to send 20 vehicles to NLE, including a modified Chevy Equinox, which has a top speed of 90 miles per hour and an estimated range of approximately 100 miles on a full charge.

AMP modifies the vehicles with little-to-no change in the passenger and cargo room of each model.

Paul Willis has been journalist for a decade. Starting out in Northern England, from where he hails, he worked as a reporter on regional papers before graduating to the cut-throat world of London print media. On the way he spent a year as a correspondent in East Africa, writing about election fraud, drought and an Ethiopian version of American Idol. Since moving to America three years ago he has worked as a freelancer, working for CNN.com and major newspapers in Britain, Australia and North America. He writes on subjects as diverse as travel, media ethics and human evolution. He lives in New York where, in spite of the car fumes and the sometimes eccentric driving habits of the yellow cabs, he rides his bike everywhere.

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