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MV-1 Van for Disabled is Back in Production

Rolling off same line as old Hummers H1 and H2.

by on Mar.18, 2014

MV-1 was specifically designed for wheelchair access.

A multi-purpose van that was intended to be used for a variety of duties, including transporting the disabled, is back in production.

The big MV-1 is now being produced by AM General, the company most widely known for producing the original HUMVEE for the military, as well as the Hummer H2 for General Motors.  The MV-1 was developed by a start-up company, the Vehicle Production Group, or VPG, which halted production after running out of money two years ago.

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“We are proud to create new jobs and deliver this truly revolutionary vehicle into the hands of a deserving market,” said AM General President and CEO Charlie Hall, during the start-up of production at the company’s plant in Mishawka, Indiana.


DoE Offering Aid For New Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle.

MV-1 will rely on alternate fuels.

by on Nov.26, 2010

The VPG MV-1 is specifically designed for wheelchair access and will run on CNG fuel.

The U.S. Department of Energy is offering the Vehicle Production Group a $50 million conditional loan to support the development of a six-passenger, factory-built wheelchair accessible vehicle.

The VPG vehicle would use compressed natural gas for fuel and be produced at the AM General Plant in Mishawaka, Indiana which, over the years, has built vehicles for General Motors and the U.S. Department of Defense.

“This project represents an investment in innovation that will create new jobs, promote the use of alternative fuels, and help our nation maintain its competitive edge in the automotive industry,” said Secretary Steven Chu.

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“It is part of a broad effort to reclaim America’s leadership in auto manufacturing – ensuring that our workers are producing the best, most innovative, most efficient vehicles in the world,” Chu added.

As a dedicated compressed natural gas vehicle, VPG’s MV-1 will use no gasoline and produce lower emissions than gasoline-fueled vehicles, the company claimed.