• Jan 14th 2007 at 2:19PM
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See? We told you Phoenix had a good thing with it's all-electric SUT. Phoenix says it's taken orders from several utility companies and municipalities for 75 of its battery-powered sport utility trucks. The Ontario-based company doesn't mention any buyers by name, though.

Phoenix has only to sell 425 more SUTs before December to reach its goal. Their next trick? A full-sized SUV capable of carrying seven passengers on not one drop of gas.

Read Phoenix's full press release after the jump.

[Source: EV World]

Phoenix Motorcars Takes First Fleet Pre-sales Orders
for its All-Electric, Sports Utility Truck

Company on Track to Sell 500 Zero-Emission Vehicles in 2007

ONTARIO, Calif. - January 12, 2007 - Phoenix Motorcars has announced the receipt of 75 fleet orders from
several municipalities and an utility company for its new zero-emission, all-electric, freeway-ready sports utility truck. The company, which is on target to manufacture and sell 500 fleet-ready vehicles by year's end, will produce 16 pilot-build vehicles next month.

Some of the 16 vehicles will be used to continue validation of the federally mandated safety test process. The company is working with Boshart Engineering, an Ontario, California company that specializes in vehicle certification services, to gain its Federal Motor Vehicle Certification. "Boshart has already made substantial progress towards certifying Phoenix's vehicles," said Dan Elliott, CEO of Phoenix Motorcars. "Boshart has kept to a very aggressive timetable."

The company also confirmed that in consideration for a three-year exclusivity agreement within the U.S., Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALTI), a leading supplier of nanomaterials and high-power battery systems technology, received a 16.6 percent ownership in the company. The three-year exclusivity agreement provides Phoenix with limited, exclusive use of Altairnano's NanoSafe™ battery packs in four-wheel, all-electric vehicles having a gross weight up to 6,000 pounds. Phoenix must meet minimum battery pack purchases, annually, to maintain the limited exclusivity agreement. The minimum commitment to maintain exclusivity for 2007 would provide $16 Million in battery pack sales to Altairnano.
The Phoenix Motorcars sport utility truck can cruise on the freeway at up to 95 m.p.h. while carrying five passengers and a full payload, a capability that has caught the attention of fleet dealers, consumers, Hollywood and the media. It exceeds all specifications for a Type III ZEV and has a driving range of 130 miles. Its battery can be recharged in less than 10 minutes and has a life-span of 12 years or more.

Phoenix Motorcars' 2007 market strategy targets operators of fleet vehicles, such as public utilities, public transportation providers, and delivery services. This market presents a significant opportunity as there are more than 200,000 fleet vehicles in the State of California alone, with an increasing number of fleet operators now seeking freeway-capable, zero-emission, all-electric vehicles. A limited number of vehicles will be available to consumers in 2007 with an expanded-consumer launch scheduled for 2008. Phoenix Motorcars will introduce a SUV model in late 2007.

"These are full-sized vehicles which carry five people at freeway speeds," said Elliott. "There is tremendous pent-up demand among fleet buyers for a real zero-emission, all-electric vehicle, and we are well on our way to satisfying this market demand."

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I think that this truck is based on Ssangyong Motor (Smallest Korean Motor Company now owned by Chinese SAIC Motor) Actyon.


      Sorry, It's Korean website.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Then they didn't tell me the whole truth when I emailed them a couple of weeks ago asking questions if it is Korean. I know there was an MP3 player assembled in the U.S. a couple years ago and I asked about it in an email and they told me they licensed the technology from a Korean company. And Phoenix doesn't mention the Korean company in their list of partners which is strange if they are getting parts from Korea and assembling them here.

      It will be interesting to see what is the situation. Still, with thier other partners they do list, it looks like a decent effort not to have every job outside the U.S. for this vehicle.

      • 8 Years Ago
      "Then they didn't tell me the whole truth when I emailed them a couple of weeks ago asking questions if it is Korean."

      That is to say...

      Then they didn't tell me the whole truth when I emailed them a couple of weeks ago asking questions if this vehicle does turn out to be a Korean product.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Google isn't sniffing too much Korean info on the Phoenix site... http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=korea+site%3Aphoenixmotorcars.com

      • 8 Years Ago
      "I'm not big on electric,but I wonder which manufacturer will be the first to offer a 4 dr,gas powered pick-up car."

      jc: Remember the Ranchero and El Camino?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm not big on electric,but I wonder which manufacturer will be the first to offer a 4 dr,gas powered pick-up car.I do light construction and the boys do soccer on the weekends.My current 4 dr pick up truck is more than I need and uses too much gas.Sell me a car that has utility.I'm sort of imagining a Ford freestyle sized vehicle with a p/u bed.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes, googling I found what most are saying is true. Most of the parts will be shipped over from Korea and assembled in California at first. Most likely just to avoid fully assembled vehicle tariffs. When I emailed them and from their site they don't mention the *major* Korean connection at all. Then I saw a paragraph out there somewhere that stated eventually the whole thing will be made in Korea, assembly and all.

      I guess without any union U.S. "manufacturers" just aren't going to do much here anymore.
      • 8 Years Ago
      the front of the van remenbers me Mitsubishi Grandis..
      • 8 Years Ago
      "I wonder which manufacturer will be the first to offer a 4 dr, gas powered pick-up car."

      Subaru Baja?
      • 8 Years Ago
      More Ontario, California stuff, yeah, it really is an American place...
      http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=146224&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=920076&highlight - some of the very few jobs in direct connection with LCD TV production (even if it is just assembly it is still jobs here that wouldn't exist).
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thank you to the sharp eyed guys who identified the truck as a Ssangyong! Saved me some Googling. I was pretty sure Phoenix wasn't building these from scratch; it wouldn't make sense. Nothing against them, it's definitely a very nicely done electric conversion.

      Re: 4-door pickups, Ford Explorer Sport Trac?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I spotted one of these in a parking lot in Pasadena yesterday. It was completely debadged and had Michigan plates, which lead me to think it some horrendous new product idea from Pontiak, i.e. a next generation Aztek SUT. Happy to know that its not, and even happier that its an EV. Its a big vehicle in person, the size of a mini-van.
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