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USA: Charge and deliver: Boulder company that makes electric vans hopes sector will spark

Boulder maker of electric delivery vans hopes sector will spark

As President Barack Obama blitzed last week for clean-technology manufacturing jobs, two men oblivious to the speeches were staking their futures on a Colorado factory that produces battery-powered delivery vans.

Precision Plumbing and Heating president Tom Robichaud is investing $1.4 million to buy 20 of these humming 7,000-pound vans to convert his current diesel fleet. Diesel costs have gone up to $3.75 a gallon. Plumbers today will roll out in the first van, which can go up to 70 mph, covering 100 miles before an eight-hour recharge is required (using solar panels on the company roof).

“The sooner I flip the fleet, the more money I save,” Robichaud said.

Meanwhile, Boulder Electric Vehicle chief executive

112 cells weighing about 1,300 pounds will provide power to a motor. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)Carter Brown was supervising assembly lines in Lafayette, where 30 employees work to fill the orders from Robichaud and 30 more rigs for Morning Fresh Dairy in Bellvue and municipal customers nationwide.

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