We first drew your attention to Advanced Mechanical Products Inc.
, or AMP back in 2007. Back then the newly formed company had started converting select GM products to electric-powered vehicles. These weren’t going to be just your typical one off tuner conversions, but AMP had promised that these would be OEM quality upgrades still carrying a factory warranty.
A year later AMP followed up on this promise with 300HP all electric Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice sports cars, and quickly followed with an electrified Chevrolet Equinox. With these impressive models already hitting the roads it didn't take long for others to take notice, and we started reporting that various manufacturers began touring the Cincinnati facility.
Now given the fact that AMP had always utilized GM products in the past. Many of us assumed that Monday’s press announcement of an agreement to produce test vehicles, that the partner would be GM.
Inside sources have now revealed to us that this agreement is not with GM, but is actually with Mercedes–Benz. It seems when Mercedes representatives visited AMP a while back they were so impressed with the Chevy Equinox, that they quickly commissioned a ML-350 test mule for further evaluation. Our exclusive spy photos reveal that a previously unregistered 2009 Pearl White ML-350 bearing manufacturer plates has arrived at AMP’s facility and is currently in the process of electrification by their engineers. Upon completion this now all electric ML is slated to undergo testing later in the month.
While the final details are still to be revealed, there is a strong possibility that an all electric ML may be in the works, and the test mule you see here could be the beginning of a new direction for the German automaker.
Stay tuned when we find out more details as the project moves forward.
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