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Lion Electric Vehicles (the name comes from the LIthium-iON batteries the company uses in its conversions, as well as the backwards spelling, kind of, of "no oil") has delivered the first test drive all-electric Ranger to Texas. Flickr user M.Barkley has uploaded a series of photos of the delivery and if that truck isn't quite what you're looking for, Lion said that a PHEV Escape will be delivered sometime soon. If you're interested in getting an Escape PHEV (or Ranger EV) of your own, you can order one from LionEV by May 2nd. Any orders after that won't be delivered until 2009. Get your order in before the March 1 price hike, too. The current price for a Ranger EV is $29,750. Remember, these are brand new and converted Rangers, not the old Ranger EVs that Ford used to make (note the plastic wrap on the seats in some of the photos).

In the description of the photo stream, M.Barkley gushes over what this truck is like to behold:

LionEV's, 2008 Electric Ford Ranger arrived in Texas today. The truck as far as I'm concerned is a beautiful work of art. If you are interested in purchasing a BrandNew EV, LionEV is there for you! I've driven it, touched it, smelled it, and had to be literally removed from it........ I didn't want to let go of the steering wheel!

UPDATE: One of our readers has done some checking into LionEV. Read the comment below. We'll be looking into this, but for now, just a heads up.

LATER UPDATE: It's awful hard to know things for certain on the Interwebs, but the fact is that there are a lot more negative stories about LionEV than positive ones. See here (and the related web forum discussion here) and here. It's also the case that M.Barkley seems to be the only voice defending LionEV against all sorts of scam charges. I've sent LionEV a request to answer these charges. We'll see what they say.

[Source: LionEV / Flickr, h/t to Nick]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Once again, just like with SparkEV, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is:

      http://www.evdl.org/archive/index.html#nabble-td14552336s25542

      "It appears that "LionEV" is a company that has given rise to a lot of questions here. A little Googling and comparing the LionEV site to the results leads me to the conclusion that "LionEV" is run by Ken Curry, who also is a principal of "Softworks LLC" - all in Virginia Beach, Virginia. ""Softworks, LLC" shows no EV history and its company website is currently not online; the only address I found was 804 Casa Verde Way, which is a residential address. But if there's a company in Virginia beach which is cranking out Hundais converted to Li-ion battery power someone should have noticed. Anyone here from Virginia Beach or thereabouts?"

      Then:

      "Sep. 21--NORFOLK -- A federal judge sentenced a man convicted of defrauding eBay customers to a year in jail, departing from guidelines that recommended a 41-month minimum sentence.

      Kenneth W. Curry II, 47, of Virginia Beach was found guilty by a jury of multiple counts of mail and wire fraud.

      He was convicted at the May trial of bilking about $123,000 from 25 eBay..."

      Autobloggreen, can't you at least check to see if these are scams before you give them front-page treatment?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I sent LIonEV $36,000 for 2 of their Ford Ranger conversion kits. After 2 weeks Ken made excuses as to why he'd not shipped the kits yet. For the 4 weeks since then, he's not answered his phone nor returned emails at all.

      I've contacted law enforcement and opened an investigation.

      If the above writers or readers of these complaints care to discuss Ken and/or LIonEV, please write to me at info@drivingchange.net
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm sorry to have to say that I have detailed personal information on why you should not send any money to LionEV. In summary, I and other buyers have lost a lot of money by falling for the hype on the LionEV website. This Chesapeake, Virginia company has only delivered 2 vehicles, and neither one works properly- charging and battery balancing problems give a range of 10-23 miles not the 200mi. they promised. As of this May 2008, LionEV has pretty much stopped answering e-mails (unless you want to send them money). A legal record search shows that Kenneth W Curry has had his sentence of 36 months upheld by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on April 28, 2008. This may explain why he can no longer return e-mail or phone calls.
      The shop that ws going to do the conversions is Predator Performance in DuBois PA. They say they only received 2 Rangers to convert, back in January, and they did some machining for do-it-yourself kits. Both converted Rangers were delivered to Texas, but no kits were ever paid for by LionEV or shipped out. Predator's staff say they have no way to contact Ken Curry, as his phone mailbox is always full and no one answers e-mail any more.
      A buyer in Mississippi who bought a Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid from LionEV reports that the extension cord that supposedly allowed the Escape PHEV to charge at home did not connect to anything inside, it was just coiled up going nowhere.
      A battery customer I contacted says he paid for $11,000 worth of Lithium batteries, but 5 months have gone by without delivery.
      An EV dealer I know in Campbell Calif ordered a Ranger as a demo and can't get them to send the vehicle or refund the money.
      I ordered a Ranger EV from LionEV in February, but they keep postponing delivery, and ignore my requests for a refund. I have had to hire an attorney to pursue the matter.
      Do a google search on Kenneth W Curry if you want to see for yourself.
      Oddly, they keep adding new products and info to the website.
      Chris D'Andrea
      • 7 Years Ago
      When will people get that conversion EVs are an ecological (and economical) joke, and a bad one too?
        • 4 Years Ago
        i would like to talk to you about my design of electric vehicles
      • 7 Years Ago
      To bad another fake car co.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If you follow the link to their website, there are galleries of the entire conversion process.

      The batteries are located under the truck bed. They've done a pretty slick install, however, we know little about the background of the company and the ultimate performance of the vehicle.

      The noise from the motor controller at low speeds bugs me. I wonder if this is typical of the curtis controllers?

      Anyone have the same experience with curtis controllers?

      • 7 Years Ago
      I may be stating the obvious but that battery in the engine bay is for hotel loads only. Where's the photos of the EV battery ???
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder what the towing capacity is?
      • 7 Years Ago
      SOMETHING SUSPICIOUS GOING ON:
      1) Why no address, names & phone numbers at the web site.. especially in ABOUT the company section???
      2) They want 100% deposit before delivery and this raises caution flags.
      3) No such thing as LionEV at yellowpages.com
      4) Nothing about LionEV at http://www.evworld.com/
      5) I sent an Email to the dealer asking for the phone number - question evaded.
      6) I could not find a history of LionEV on the internet
      7) No product reviews
      8) Web site is tacky, not very professional.

      Is this company for real? I am having some questions here. Too many things above don't add up. Has AutoBlogGreen fully verified this company?

      Grizz
      • 7 Years Ago
      Crap. I was thinking "finally an electric vehicle that makes sense". I hope it's not a scam, but I'm going to hang onto my cash for now.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Das,

      Perhaps you should write a scientific paper proving your assertions.

      • 7 Years Ago
      The curtis are noisy... You can hear the FETs whine at low speeds. This can be reduced in the design of a controller.... they just didn't do it. Plus curtis have issues and companies have popped up that rebuild/convert the Curtis.

      Alltrax is a bit more quiet, but tops out at 72V. The Zilla 1k and 2k are IGBT's and are pretty quiet and liquid cooled. A new company Kelly doesn't have much out there right now in running vehicles, so we'll see soon. There are others, but not yet that commercial.
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