This SUV by Phoenix Motorcars is an all-electric, zero-emissions vehicle. It can recharge in 10 minutes, and it has a range of a 100 miles (or more) per charge. It’s fast too — it can achieve speeds of 95 MPH while carrying five passengers and a full payload. The vehicle uses the innovative NanoSafe batteries by Altairnano. NanoSafe batteries are made with a non-toxic compound, lithium titanate. This is similar to lithium-ion chemistry, but the use of titanium that prevents the fundamental cause of uncontrolled thermal runaway.
Here’s a video of the SUV in action.
Right now, the vehicles are only available to fleet buyers. But Phoenix Motorcars will also release a consumer version of its zero-emission, freeway-speed vehicle in late 2008. The company is also working to release a battery pack that will provide a 250 mile range.
This company is an early leader in the mass production of full-function, green electric trucks and SUVs. The company estimates a sales production of 500 vehicles for 2007 and 6,000 vehicles for 2008.
With eventual public sales in mind, company officials said Altairnano is already talking with Pacific Gas & Electric, California’s largest utility, about a web of “rapid charge stations.” With conventional 480-volt, three-phase service, they could top off batteries during a coffee stop (recharging at home, with the same 220 volts that runs the clothes dryer or stove, would take about five hours).
Web site: Phoenix Motorcars
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