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Phoenix Motorcars Places $9.25 Million Order for UQM Electric Traction Motors

Phoenix Motorcars has placed a $9.25 million production order with UQM Technologies for electric propulsion systems to power Phoenix’s newly introduced all-electric Sport Utility Truck (SUT). The order also includes onboard UQM DC-to-DC converters to power the vehicle instrumentation.

The Phoenix all-electric SUT is powered by a 100 kW UQM PowerPhase 100 electric traction system which delivers peak torque of 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) and operates at peak system efficiencies of more than 94%.

Phoenix began evaluating the UQM propulsion system in July 2006. (Earlier post.)

The SUT, powered by a 35 kWh NanoSafe lithium-ion battery pack from Altair Nanotechnologies, accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in less than 10 seconds and has a top speed of 100 mph. Altairnano now has a 16.6% stake in Phoenix. (Earlier post.)

Deliveries of the traction motors under the order are tentatively scheduled over the next year. This order raises the Company’s current product production backlog to approximately $14 million.



I could not find a statement as to why UQM drive was chosen over the Enova drive. More power or less cost or more efficent? Will the SUT performance numbers change? And how many drive/controller packages did this 9.2 million dollar order buy?


For what I heard, an UQM Powerphase 100 costs around $25K, but maybe after negotiations and a sizable order, UQM has dropped the price a bit.
Perhaps, if UQM were to produce its drives elsewhere and not in the US they could sell them for a lot less...let's say around $5K or $10K at the most!


E Sabre

Does the Phoenix have V2G capability?

James White

UQM makes a great motor and is ready-made to drop into an electric vehicle (built in differential, right speed, parking pawl, regen braking, etc.)

Even if they can negotiate a good price on motors, I think Phoenix is going to have a hard time getting their prices down to a reasonable level with 35 kWh of batteries on board. They could save a lot of weight and money if they replaced 20 of the 35 kWh of batteries with a 40 kW on-board generator. It would also have a greater range.


Anyone knows what's going on with these guys?



in-hub electric motors are still the best solution look at ZAP and the PML Mini qed and E-traction

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