• Jul 12th 2010 at 8:01AM
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It's been quite a long while since we last had any real news from Phoenix Motorcars to report, but, whaddya know, we do now. The long-struggling company just posted a new press release saying it will display its "newly configured Sports Utility Truck" at the FedFleet event in Phoenix, AZ this week. Guess we have to give the company at least a little credit for following through on its April 2009 statement that, "We have not abandoned the alternative fuels transportation space."

So, what's the deal with the company today? Well, there is no longer any mention of an all-electric SUV on the website. The sports utility truck (SUT) based on the SsangYong body is still around, but instead of a 100-mile range, the new configuration boasts all-wheel drive and will be good for just 70 miles (a 100-mile version is now promised for 2011). The Hawaii plan we heard about in 2008 is apparently also still moving forward.

We've heard about Phoenix and its plans to bring an electric truck to market since 2006. Any guesses when we will actually be able to buy one? Bryon Bliss, Phoenix's VP of sales and marketing, said in a statement that, "We will begin deliveries later this year." Does this mean we might get to see Ed Begley, Jr. again soon? Thanks to Basement Dave for the tip!

[Source: Phoenix Motorcars]

PRESS RELEASE

PHOENIX MOTORCARS INTRODUCES ELECTRIC AWD PHOENIX SUT AT FEDFLEET 2010

Ontario, Calif. - July 12, 2010 - Phoenix Motorcars, a California based electric vehicle company, will present its newly configured Sports Utility Truck at the FedFleet 2010 Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The event will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center on July 13-15, 2010

Fed Fleet 2010 provides a venue dedicated to commercial and government fleet operators, showcasing alternative fuel vehicle solutions ideally suited to today's growing economic and environmental concerns. In addition to industry best practices, front line business professionals identify solutions to reduce federal fuel consumption and emissions and advance the Nation's goals of energy independence and environmental sustainability.

"Phoenix Motorcars is proud to introduce the first all-wheel drive electric pickup truck ready for fleet procurement." stated Bryon Bliss, VP Sales and Marketing for Phoenix Motorcars. "The FedFleet 2010 conference provides an ideal opportunity to debut our enhanced Sports Utility Truck. We will begin deliveries later this year."

Phoenix Motorcars advanced battery-electric, zero-emission Sports Utility Truck can travel at freeway speeds while carrying four passengers and a full payload. Providing solutions geared towards today's fleet operators, Phoenix Motorcars offers a 70 mile range pack with deliveries later this year. An extended 100 mile range pack option will be available for delivery in 2011. Each solution is equipped with lithium batteries.

Phoenix Motorcars will shortly begin production making initial deliveries in late 2010. Initial vehicles will be included in demonstration programs, such as those previously announced in Hawaii, and fleet operations in various locations, including California.

About Phoenix Cars LLC
Phoenix Cars LLC, a Delaware company, operates under the trade name of Phoenix Motorcars. Phoenix Motorcars is a wholly owned subsidiary of Al Yousuf LLC and is headquartered in Ontario, California. Phoenix Motorcars has been an industry leader in the development of battery-electric, freeway-speed vehicles since 2002. The mission of Phoenix Motorcars is to manufacture zero-emission vehicles for commercial and government fleets.

About Al Yousuf LLC
Founded in Dubai in 1953, Al Yousuf LLC has steadily grown to become one of the leading commercial groups in the United Arab Emirates. Al Yousuf, with over 3,000 employees operates across a wide range of industries including automobiles, marine, manufacturing, real estate, information and communication technology, electronics goods and chemicals. In the transportation sector, Al Yousuf has developed strong value-added relationships with major international brands including Yamaha, Daihatsu and Daewoo
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      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe it's me, but for some strange reason Phoenix's current and future existence was (and still is) connected to Ssyangyong's survival also. Remember when Ssangyong was heading into oblivion in 2008? So did Phoenix. Now, Ssangyong's been given another chance at survival, with all hopes pinned on the the new Korando crossover. But if the Korando fails, then Ssangyong fails, and so will Phoenix, unless they can find another vehicle supplier.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How many actual trucks has Phoenix delivered? Does it really even matter if they survive or not? I know a couple years ago when they made their announcements, I was excited about their vehicles. But since then they seem to have become relatively uninportant in the EV world, kind of like ZENN.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually worse than Zenn in one way, as Zenn has been selling some NEVs and Phoenix hasn't sold anything yet. But then again, Phoenix hasn't invested millions in EEStor, either.

        Phoenix has good intentions and decent engineering, but they've made some bad decisions on overpriced batteries, a shaky major supplier, and reliance on future ZEV credits that won't be worth nearly as much as they think.
      • 5 Years Ago
      bring out your dead
      • 3 Years Ago
      We were some of the original consumers who pre-paid for an SUT in 2008 when they were supposed to release them to the general public. Well, they mishandled the money and it was caught up in the bankruptcy and they ended up stealing it from us. Now that they are a "new" company, they say they have "no contractual obligation" to either return our money or give us a vehicle. I hope they rot in hell for stealing money from hard working people!
      • 5 Years Ago
      So you're gonna post that whole press release without any hint or joke of the "phoenix rising again"?