Boulder Electric Ends Production Of Commercial EV Trucks

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There was some sad news as Boulder Electric Vehicle confirmed the end of electric truck production earlier this year.

This is another EV truck maker out of the business after Smith Electric Vehicles has to stop production early this year.  (FDG has since signed on to rescue that truck maker with a $48 million dollar investment – but no new trucks as of yet)

Boulder Electric Vehicle didn’t find enough orders and decided to close two production facilities – in Chatsworth, California and Lafayette, Colorado, before the situation turns worse, possibly requiring bankruptcy.

“The ambitious start-up was trying to carve out a niche in the growing electric vehicle market for medium- and light-duty trucks that could replace gasoline and diesel guzzlers in corporate and municipal fleets. The company’s Web site is still up, but the phone numbers for both manufacturing facilities have been turned off.”

“About 50 people worked at the Chatsworth plant, which opened in the spring of 2012, and 40 in Lafayette, said Boulder CEO Carter Brown.”

Manufacturing equipment was been put in storage a few months ago, but the company does plan to service sold vehicles. The first ones were delivered in January 2012.

Boulder Electric Vehicle CEO Carter Brown stated:

“We have essentially mothballed the company. We are not filing bankruptcy. We are servicing our vehicles. We made a bunch of vehicles … and they are in use in many fleets in Los Angeles, Texas, New York and Chicago.”

“No one was biting off significant orders that would support full scale manufacturing.”

John O’Dell, electrical vehicle market specialist at the automotive Web site Edmunds.com commented:

“They have a tremendous amount of potential.  Although you can demonstrate to a fleet manager he can save money on fuel you charge him $10,000 to $20,000 more for the electric vehicle. There is a big capital outlay at the beginning and you have to convince them to do that. It’s a hard sell.”

Boulder Electric Vehicle’s trucks were available with range of 80 and 100 miles. Payload capacity for 500 Series stands at 4,000 pounds, while 1000 Series was able to take on 6,500 pounds.

Is there any chance to pull the equipment from the storage and resume production?

“It depends on the customer base. If fuel goes through the roof to $10 bucks a gallon it would be this year. If it’s very gradual it could be five to 10 years or sometime in our lifetime,” Brown said. “It feels like the solar industry that started in the ’70s and then really didn’t get going until about 10 years ago.”

LA Daily News via GreenFleetMagazine.com

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6 responses to "Boulder Electric Ends Production Of Commercial EV Trucks"

  1. Big Solar says:

    At least they didn’t run it into the ground….

  2. vadik_veselovsky says:

    If they break their sale at only 10 USD per gallong, smth must be wrong with the concept. Boutiques do not have a chance if they want to build a whole truck bottom up. Why reinvent the wheel?

  3. Car News says:

    This is sort of old news. Also it’s not surprising they shutdown as their marketing and attitude toward journalists was terrible.

  4. Mike says:

    It’s sad to see these small business’s cannot get a load for the extra 20 grand. Even when they know they’ll make it back.

    The typical American just does not understand what an INVESTMENT is.

    1. I agree – they barely broke the surface in terms of marketing, and my brother was very interested. He emailed them, I emailed them, and we waited at least 2 months. Then less than 2 months later – they are ceasing all production.

      Ya’ gotta stick around longer than that and you have to make a much bigger effort to market and to sell.

  5. Spec9 says:

    Really? No one can make a business out of it? I’d think if someone could get FedEx and UPS on board, they could move a lot of EV trucks.