The aptly named Phoenix Motorcars of California are set to release two electric vehicles later this year. One is a four door pickup (dual cab ute) and the other a mid-sized SUV. According to their web site their target market is fleet operators in the State of California, particularly electric utility companies, universities, and municipal and state fleet operators.
Phoenix are estimating production of 500 vehicles in 2007 and 6000 vehicles in 2008. Considering the following characteristics you’d have to think they’re onto a winner:
- 160+ km per charge
- Speeds of 150kmh carrying five passengers and full payload
- High torque: 0 to 100kmh in 10 seconds
- Long battery pack life: 400,000km /12+ years
- Off board charger: 10 minutes to recharge to 95% capacity
- On board charger: 6 hours to recharge from 220V plug-in
Phoenix vehicles use the NanoSafe™ battery, a Lithium Titanate battery technology developed by Altairnano, a leading innovative battery developer. Similar to lithium-ion chemistry, it implements a compound containing titanium that prevents the fundamental cause of uncontrolled thermal runaway.
Phoenix is currently working on an expanded battery pack that will allow a 400km range, while still permitting a 10-minute charge.
Source: Phoenix Motorcars