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A Mobile Electric Platform for Multiple Heavy Duty Work Applications

Is it a forklift, a tractor, a trencher or a mobile power plant, ideal for off-grid and emergency electricity back-up applications? Gary Dannar, CEO and Founder of Dannar, would answer yes to all those use-cases, as he explains, in the above interview filmed at ProspectSV, that it is possible to outfit the Dannar MPS with over 250 CAT®, Bobcat® and John Deere® attachments. This allows the MPS to be, say, a street sweeper in the morning, a forklift during the day and, perhaps, a power source for a weekend festival.

The return on investment results from not only lower lifecycle costs of an electric drivetrain, but the higher utilization that this four-wheel drive power platform provides, compared to single-purpose, heavy-duty vehicles. Outfitted with up to ½ Megawatt of battery storage, the MPS lasts an entire workday. And because of its unique capabilities, it can serve unusual applications, such as off-grid well pumping in the middle of a Texas ranch or clearing debris on flooded streets (the MPS is submersible to four-feet).

As shown at the ProspectSV event, the MPS is easily controlled by a joystick, much like one would control a remote-control car. This drive-by-wire design lends itself to automation and Dannar suggests that adding autonomous features to this connected vehicle is a relatively easy step. The ability to remotely operate the vehicle, also has the benefit of removing the operator from dangerous applications (e.g. creating firebreaks).

With GSA approval and inroads in the defense sector, Dannar is well on its way to widespread commercial deployment. True to his Midwestern roots, Dannar doesn’t brag about his previous success with companies like Ford Motor Co and New Holland.  His other company, Little Roadside Management, LLC, produces mowing attachments that are marketed through companies such as AGCO and Caterpillar. Don’t expect Dannar to go public or tap venture markets anytime soon, as Dannar’s goal is to make a useful product and company that is around for the long-term.

Author Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

By Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

Ken Pyle is Marketing Director for the Broadband Forum. The mission of this 25+-year-old non-profit “is to unlock the potential for new markets and profitable revenue growth by leveraging new technologies and standards in the home, intelligent small business, and multi-user infrastructure of the broadband network.”

He is also co-founder of Viodi, LLC and Managing Editor of the Viodi View, a publication focused on the rural broadband ecosystem, autonomous vehicles, and electric aviation. He has edited and produced numerous multimedia projects for NTCA, US Telecom and Viodi. Pyle is the producer of Viodi’s Local Content Workshop, the Video Production Crash Course at NAB, as well as ViodiTV. He has been intimately involved in Viodi’s consulting projects and has created processes for clients to use for their PPV and VOD operations, as well authored reports on the independent telco market.

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