Mullen Automotive has begun the testing and installation phase of equipping 40 Chevrolet Bolts within the Washington, D.C., city government’s vehicle fleet with the company’s Energy Management Modules (EMM).
The testing is being conducted in collaboration with Mullen Advanced Energy Operations (“MAEO”), which is a 51%-owned subsidiary of Mullen Automotive, with EV Technologies, LLC and Global EV Technology, Inc. as partners. The $680,000 contract was previously awarded by the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C., to EV Technologies, LLC for the purchase and installation of EMM units on Chevrolet Bolts with the D.C. city government’s vehicle fleet.
The initial phase of contract execution requires vehicle calibration testing on a dynamometer. Mullen and EV Technologies’ team of engineers were recently onsite in D.C. to perform the required tests, including the dyno testing, with the first wave of vehicles completed as planned. Phase two includes the installation of the EMM units and a second dyno test before the vehicles are placed back into rotation for the D.C. city government to use with the EMM installed.
Previous testing has indicated that EMM technology substantially increases the driving range and efficiency of any electric vehicle, according to Mullen. In March 2021, Element Materials Technology conducted specific vehicle testing on 2020 Chevy Bolts installed with EMM units, with test results indicating a calculated increase in range from 269 to 431 miles, which is a 60% increase in efficiency, Mullen says.