Alt Car Expo 2007: Meet the Boshart Tersus (AKA the mini-Phoenix SUT)
The Tersus is not just any low-speed electric vehicle. This one is designed for off-road use, and exclusively on closed campus, privately-owned land (that's how the brochure phrases it). The battery and range specifications for the Tersus are pretty similar to the numbers for a Zenn or Miles NEV. To wit, a maximum speed of 25 mph, full charge in six hours (or two, with a quick charger). The big difference is the price: these trucks cost almost $30,000. With a 72-volt battery system, a 28 kW AC induction drive motor and 220 Ah (C/5) battery capacity, you're paying for a payload capacity of 1,000 pounds and the ability to seat four comfortably. I don't think Boshart has made a mistake in developing this truck, but we're certainly seeing green vehicles being developed for some incredibly specific groups of consumers these days.
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