Green Overdrive: Drop the Kids Off in An E-Mini Van!


Tom Gage, the CEO of AC Propulsion, originally introduced Tesla’s founding execs Martin Eberhard and Elon Musk, and Tesla’s pioneering electric sports car the Roadster is based on a drive train from AC Propulsion. But instead of going into business with Tesla, Gage and AC Propulsion kept chugging away at selling its electric vehicle technology to automakers, (no regrets he tells me in an interview) and most recently helped Taiwanese car maker Yulon build the luxury electric minivan called the Luxgen MPV. It’s pretty slick looking, with its pimped out screens, leather interior and roomy 7-passenger seating. It’s also got an official 200-mile cruising range (but closer to “over 100” to 150 miles for more hardcore driving, as Gage notes) so all you green soccer moms won’t have to worry about range anxiety.



Sounds like an interesting driving experience – no brakes required (just lift off the accelerator). Not sure how many soccer moms will think that’s a good feature. (of course there is a brake, but sounds like a traditional one that won’t recharge the battery).

42 kWh battery for 100 miles! The Nissan Leaf will do that distance on 24kWh. You’re in for some mighty long charge times.

Which leads me to the main point. Minivans and other large family cars really need to be a plug-in hybrids – unless you have no interest in doing more than 100 miles a day (i.e. no roadtrips) in your primary family vehicle.

Paul Scott

AC Propulsion is the gold standard for EV drive technology. Putting their drive system in a minivan proves that larger vehicles are viable as EVs. While NHTSA standards will probably keep this particular vehicle out of the U.S. market, other manufacturers will see it and hopefully replicate it with some U.S.-legal minivans.

Anything to get us off oil!

Ad van der Meer

I like the car, but I am pretty sure Tome Gage said it has a range of well over 100mi and he has stretched it to about 150mi.

Not bad, but not quite 200mi yet.

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