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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Phoenix battery EV SUV

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Last week at their annual shareholders meeting battery developer Altairnano Technologies showed off the SUV version of the Phoenix Motor Cars truck. The fully enclosed version of the vehicle was available for meeting attendees to drive and most came away fairly impressed. In the Reno Gazette-Journal article, Phoenix's Bryon Bliss acknowledges that the vehicle itself is made by an Korean company he won't name.

For the record the Phoenix SUV is a Ssangyong Actyon. Ssangyong has been best known in markets where they sell for what can charitably be described as quirky styling. Fortunately the Actyon is among the most normal looking of their lineup. As for the battery powered variants from Phoenix there is really nothing new to report.

As for Altairnano, one of the main stumbling blocks that is probably preventing big carmakers from adopting their batteries is the issue of producing the batteries in large quantities at an affordable price. General Motors in particular is trying to create a vehicle based on the Volt by 2010 at 100,000+ unit volumes for a price of around $30,000 or less. At this point, that may not be possible with the Altairnano battery.

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Blogger TonyGuitar said...

Scroll down 11 or 12 photos / posts for the White Phoenix short box EV pick-up, or more correctly the [SUT = Sport Utility Truck].=TG

8:27 PM  
Blogger phil-l said...

I like it.

While I'm no SUV fan, they tend to have better passenger layout than 4 door pickups (which always seem to compromise the second row seating). But I still have 3 kids in car safety seats, so my view has a particular slant.

Hopefully, Phoenix can learn much from these efforts and develop the technology for something I'd really be interested in: An affordable, practical mid-size EV sedan.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

I prefer the 4 door pickups, but I've already raised my kids. :)

It's a great looking car though.

9:45 AM  

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