Phoenix Evaluating UQM Drive System for Electric Truck
6 July 2006
Phoenix Motorcars, the Ojai, California company developing a freeway-speed all-electric pickup truck, has ordered a PowerPhase 100 propulsion system from UQM for evaluation. Phoenix recently ordered a number of lithium-ion batteries from Altair Nanotechnologies for use in subsequent models of the electric truck. (Earlier post.)
Phoenix currently uses an Enova drive system in the prototype EV. The company says that it will continue to offer the Enova system, but is examining other options as well.
The UQM PowerPhase 100 propulsion system delivers 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque and 100 kW (134 hp) of peak power in a compact package that is suited for battery-electric vehicles where the system’s high energy efficiency can improve vehicle range.
The integration of an optimized electric drivetrain from UQM Technologies with nano-lithium battery technology from Altair Nanotechnologies could provide the impetus to rejuvenate and realize the promise of the electric vehicle vision. We are preparing for the manufacture and distribution of several thousand vehicles over the next few years.—Daniel Riegert, Chairman of Phoenix Motorcars
The current production plan is for 10 vehicles by the end of 2006 (in process), 500 vehicles in 2007, 5,000 in 2008, 20,000 in 2009, 50,000 in 2010 and 100,000 in 2011. Initial pricing is in the low to mid $40K range.
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