Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), announced earlier this week the upcoming availability of its new plug-in hybrid electric SUV for the Asian marketplace, to be named Energy.
Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., EDI describes itself as a global leader in advanced zero emissions, high-efficiency hybrid and electric drivetrain solutions provider.
The vehicle is a full-size Chinese SUV with a 2.4 Liter engine that has been converted into a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) by EDI. The vehicle offers full electric capability for over 50 kilometers (31 miles), making it eligible for Chinese government incentives.
“The SUV market continues to demonstrate explosive growth in Asia and the Pacific Rim, and we consider it a prime, high-volume opportunity for EDI,” said Joerg Ferchau, CEO of Efficient Drivetrains. “We set out to develop a vehicle that goes well beyond consumer expectations, delivering an affordable PHEV SUV platform, with full-performance features. This is the first of its kind in this vehicle class.”
EDI’s PHEV SUV can be charged with a level 1 or 2 standard electric plug. This capability allows the vehicle to use about half as much liquid fuel as a conventional vehicle on daily drives ranging from 130 to 160 kilometers (80 to 100 miles) when plugged in to a source of electricity every night, claims EDI.
EDI also claimed the vehicle has several other advantages over other PHEVs including higher performance with improved acceleration and torque, lower fuel consumption, and a higher top speed.
EDI added it will be moving into vehicle certification and durability testing next, seeking government certifications in key geographies in Asia.
According to the little info provided, EDI’s Energy PHEV SUV looks to be based on the same SUV which evolved into the BYD Tang Hybrid SUV in 2015.