• Sep 3rd 2010 at 11:53AM
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Phoenix Motorcars PHEV? – Click above for image gallery

Years ago, in 2007, Phoenix said it would build a plug-in hybrid vehicle with UQM Technologies, but with all of the trouble Phoenix has been through since then, we thought the project died out. When Phoenix rose from the ashes of bankruptcy earlier this summer, Bryon Bliss, Phoenix Motorcars' vice president of sales and marketing, told AutoblogGreen that the company's sole focus was on an all-electric sports utility truck. The plug-in powerplant – and the SUV version Phoenix was talking about in the past were done. Bliss said in June:
The SUV was always more of a consumer product. As we are delaying a consumer launch we are choosing to direct focus on the available product, the Phoenix SUT.
But, AutoblogGreen reader Scott L. sent us an email this week saying the following:
I have pictures taken 8/31/10 in Rancho Cucamunga of the underside of Phoenix Motorcars vehicle showing a muffler for an ICE.
We've looked the pictures over and this does appear to be the case. A few things could be going on here. This might, indeed, be a mule for plug-in hybrid development. Or, since Phoenix uses bodies from SsangYong (the SUV seen above is the SsangYong Actyon), the exhaust might just be a remnant of its ICE past. In any case, we've asked Phoenix for clarification and we'll update this post once we hear back. Thanks, Scott!

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      • 5 Years Ago
      This is one of their Ssangyong vehicles that has never been touched since they received it in 2008. No mystery, no hybrid, nothing special. Trust me, I know!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The question is . . . will they ever manage to get ANYTHING out the door.

      Of course, I feel sorry for all these EV companies. They are all close to being viable . . . but close only counts in horseshoes & hand-grenades. Once gasoline hits $5/gallon or so, people will start taking EVs seriously. But we may need to wait 5 years for so for that. Until then, only the strong (GM, Nissan, etc.) may survive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think people will take EV's seriously already. Regardless of the cost of fuel, there are *tons* of people who want off gas NOW. They will eagerly accept less than perfect.

        I fear for these small companies too. At this point i don't know why they'd even want to try. Unless you have the ability to pull money out of thin air like Tesla Motors, forget it. Even Tesla can't seem to bring home the bacon.. what's that say!

        As for this ugly duckling, it looks like a Pontiac Aztek mated with a mid 90's Dodge Neon.
        I said people's expectation for EVs were low, but i think this is below the threshold.. lol.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Breathtakingly ugly!
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