Hybrid Technologies, the maker of customized electric versions of production cars, has announced the purchase of an unspecified number of its electric versions of the Mini Cooper and Daimler Chrysler smart car by an unnamed $26-billion Fortune-500 company. The vehicles are scheduled for delivery by Q1 2006.
The purchase involves a major marketing campaign, according to the Hybrid Technologies press release. The company will outline the partnership in more detail subsequently.
The lithium-ion powered vehicles will use Kokam battery packs in the corporate vehicles as part of a joint venture and technology partnership between Hybrid Technologies and Kokam, a Korea-based global supplier of lithium-ion batteries.
The lithium Mini Cooper has a range of more than 100 miles, and can reach speeds in excess of 90 mph. The 146V, 30kW lithium-ion batery pack has a charge time of approximately 8 hours at full discharge. The cells have a cycle life of more than 1,000 charges.
The electric smart car, with a similar drive system, will have a range of 120 miles per charge at highway speeds.