I own one of the most incredible overland vehicles ever manufactured, the Land Rover Defender 130. I love the vehicle and would likely never consider selling her—she has become part of the family while transporting my family across continents. Time is marching ever forwards, though, and electric is the future; my beautiful dinosaur seems destined to become a relic of the past. But maybe not. If you face a similar dilemma, consider this: Atlis Motor Vehicles have introduced a modular electric platform known as the XP, nicknamed the “skateboard.” Essentially, the body of my truck can be transferred onto the XP platform and into the future, freeing us from its current diesel addiction. I have done the math, and with the skateboard beginning at $27,000, I would spend the same amount on diesel in just over two years.
It goes without saying that a complete conversion of my vehicle onto the XP platform would not be a simple bolt-on and drive-off. The minimum wheelbase for the XP platform is 144 inches, and there would be significant adaption involved for the electrical and mechanical controls of the cabin to function correctly. However, in return for the investment in these modifications, the vehicle will have a base that boasts four independent PMSM (permanent magnet synchronous motors), a 10,000-pound load rating per axle, 12-inch ground clearance (increased with tall tires), 600-plus horsepower, steer by wire with four-wheel independent steering, a range of 500 miles, and a claimed charge time of 15 minutes (0-100% with an Atlis 1.5 MW charger). The vehicle will be able to achieve a top speed of 120 mph, and the failure of one, or even two motors, would be unlikely and inconsequential as there are four motors. One Atlis electric motor generates the same amount of power as my 2.5-liter turbo-diesel engine.
According to the manufacturer, the XP platform is the Swiss army knife of vehicle chassis. It is not only the stand-alone product intended for vehicle builders looking for a medium- to heavy-duty electric platform but also the base for the Atlis XT pickup truck—a plug-and-play modular solution that caters to the needs of box trucks, dump trucks, crane trucks, delivery vehicles, emergency response vehicles, or any other heavy-duty vehicle configuration. With high payload, towing capable features, and the ability to scale from a class 2b vehicle up to a class 6, the XP platform will give upfitter, RV, and heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers the capability to do the work they need to accomplish with a chassis that can and will exceed the expectations for the workload.
So, is this platform really all they say it is? Ask the US Armed Forces. Atlis has signed a collaborative agreement with a US military supplier to jointly design and produce new technology to convert military vehicles such as gasoline- or diesel-powered high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWVs) into electric vehicles. Through this partnership, Atlis’s expertise in designing, developing, and manufacturing the fully electric XP platform for light- to medium-duty trucks will be combined with the supplier’s extensive experience in designing, manufacturing, and selling military-grade equipment to the United States and foreign allies. Under the agreement, the technology can be sold to third-party customers.
It might be time to invest. This summer, Atlis plans to submit an S-1 format Form 1-A and Nasdaq Global Market application in anticipation of a public listing on the stock market. The ticker symbol “AMV” has been reserved on Nasdaq.
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