The last time we saw the Triac from Green Vehicles, Inc., we were not exactly impressed. Perhaps we should've tried to get a ride in the new 2010 version that the company unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. While we still don't think we've got $25,000 to spend on one of these, we would like to see what the updates have done to this unusual three-wheeler.

People who did buy the 2009 edition of the Triac trike told Green Vehicles what they did and didn't like about that car, and the company made a lot of changes to the new version. One of those changes was upping the "real-world range of 80 to 100+ miles" by an additional 20 miles, a mighty impressive increase. We don't know how the upgrade was accomplished, but the press release (available after the jump) talks about improvements to the "non-traditional electric drive-train" and "next-generation energy storage and power systems." So, good on 'em if all this is true. The 2010 Triac should be available in October.

[Source: Green Vehicles, Inc.]



PRESS RELEASE

Green Vehicles Begins Production of Improved Triac Electric Car


SYNOPSIS: With top speed of 80 mph and range of 100 miles, the three-wheeler costs an estimated two cents a mile to operate.

SALINAS, Calif. -- Green Vehicles, Inc., developer and manufacturer of advanced, affordable electric vehicles and technologies, will unveil the 2010 Triac™ pure electric, full speed commuter vehicle on the "Electric Avenue" at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan from January 11th – January 24th, 2010.

The Triac prototype was introduced to the market in April 2008. Delivering mobility with no CO2 emissions, and a highway speed of 80 mph, the Triac is designed for easy charging at about two cents per mile. The 2010 design incorporates feedback from early adopters and various engineering advances that, among other benefits, allow the vehicle to travel 20% farther per charge. Key improvements include:

* Advanced IT system, which integrates the battery management system (BMS), GPS, motor controller function and vehicle diagnostics; delivers efficiency during charge; accomplishes extremely high accuracy and tracking of energy storage; incorporates navigational capabilities especially suited to pure electric vehicle drivers; and adds data logging. Driver feedback and programmable/dynamic systems adapt performance to various driving conditions, helping to guide driving efficiency improvements, reduce range anxiety, and lower operational costs.
* Non-traditional electric drive-train, which raises efficiency and performance without the high cost of over-sizing the electric motor.
* Next-generation energy storage and power systems, which optimizes trade-offs between cycle life; energy density; specific power, cost, and temperature sensitivity.
* "Feedback from early adopters is critical for really maximizing drivability, IT system usability, comfort, and performance under real-world driving conditions," said Mike Ryan, Green Vehicles' president. "The Triac will help reduce the number of polluting vehicles on the road while giving drivers the real pleasure of experiencing well-applied technology at an affordable price."

The 2009 'Early Adopter' Triac has a real-world range of 80 to 100+ miles, depending upon individual driving behavior, which will increase by 20 miles in Green Vehicles' 2010 model. Top speed remains 80 miles per hour. The onboard charger can be plugged into any 110v or 220v standard outlet; a complete charge takes six hours at 220v. Charging the battery for the typical 50-mile commute takes about three hours.

First deliveries of the 2010 Triac are slated for October 2010, at a price per car, including lithium-ion battery pack, of US $24,995. The company anticipates producing 1,000 Triacs per year. [See YouTube Video]

About Green Vehicles, Inc.

Green Vehicles, Inc. strives to be a positive agent for change by designing, manufacturing and distributing advanced, affordable electric vehicles and technologies. A privately-held company based in Salinas, California, the company currently produces and sells the Triac™ and Moose™ all-electric vehicles, both based on advanced IT systems, non-traditional electric drive-train technology and next-generation energy storage and power systems. For additional information, please see http://www.greenvehicles.com/


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