AUBURN HILLS, MI – ALTe Powertrain Technologies and Club Assist announced a joint development project to study ALTe's powertrain technology in Club Assist's fleet. Club Assist's core business is the supply of automotive batteries, battery testing equipment, automotive glass, alternators, starter motors, marketing programs and collateral, and training to motoring clubs and their members around the globe.

Club Assist will initiate the joint development project by taking possession of an ALTe-converted Ford F-150 truck for everyday fleet duties. The testing will take place in Illinois at Club Assist's Chicago location. Once completed, the project will provide invaluable information and feedback to ALTe and will allow Club Assist to generate road-tested metrics on plug-in electric hybrid benefits such as fuel savings, the cost analysis of a retrofit conversion, and overall vehicle performance.

The project collaboration with ALTe will allow Club Assist the opportunity to participate in the development of an optimal series electric hybrid powertrain system that will support their operating and sustainability objectives.

Club Assist is a member of ALTe's customer advisory board, established in May 2011. The advisory board consists of many of the nation's leading corporate fleets and will help ALTe address important industry needs as the company prepares to deploy their range-extended electric powertrain into light and medium-size trucks, vans, and buses early next year.