Following yesterday's announcement that Phoenix Motorcars will work with the state of Hawaii to bring electric vehicles to Maui, we contacted Bryon Bliss, VP of sales and marketing for Phoenix, to get some more information. Bliss sent an email from Maui just after arriving and hosting another press conference there (do you think Phoenix just signed the deal to visit Hawai'i more often? I think maybe, but Bliss denies it).
Bliss said that the details of the deal are still being worked out, but that between 5 and 30 Phoenix SUTs will be used in Maui (probably between 5 and 10). Phoenix hasn't delivered any SUTs to customers yet, and the Maui fleet "will be prototype level vehicles with many final parts implemented." I also passed along reader Ug's question about the battery packs, and Bliss said that, "we are strongly considering the use of the Altairnano Lithium Titinate battery."
I also asked if the recent Better Place Hawai'i announcement was setting the two companies up for direct competition, and Bliss' response was that, because the vehicle charging connectors will be the same, "We feel we can work together or in parallel with Better Place to bring solutions today to markets such as Hawaii."
You can read Bliss' full email after the jump.