|The e-Zone Electric Vehicle (EV) is a Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) that passes international crash test standards and will be one of the vehicle types CT&T will produce for the US market. Source: CT&T United. Click to enlarge.|
CT&T Company, Ltd., a South Korea-based manufacturer of low speed electric vehicles (LSVs) plans to build a range of electric vehicles in the US, beginning with its e-Zone and c-Zone low speed electric vehicles.
CT&T United, the US subsidiary of CT&T Korea, Ltd., will establish a North American headquarters, a research and development center and several manufacturing facilities to produce and market an entire product line of EVs and batteries. Company officials are considering potential sites in South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama and California.
CT&T United plans to produce and market city drive electrical vehicles (EVs), mid-speed electric vehicles, high-speed electric vehicles, and utility electric vehicles, as well lead-acid, advanced lead-acid, lithium-polymer and lithium-ion batteries for domestic and export markets.
By the fourth quarter of 2009, the company expects to begin selling c-Zone utility EVs for commercial and government applications as well the e-Zone City Drive EVs. Vehicles will range in price from US$8,000 to $16,000 fully equipped.
The e-Zone uses a 72V, 5.0 kW motor and offers either a 72V, 165Ah lead-acid battery (base option) or a 72V, 140Ah Li-polymer battery. It has a top speed of 35 mph (56 kph). The lead-acid battery offers a range of 50-70 km (31-41 miles) on one charge; the Li-polymer battery offers a range of 100-110 km (62-68 miles). A direct-drive wheel motor is optional.
The c-Zone is based on a golf cart chassis and uses a 48V, 3.5 kW motor and six 8V, 240Ah batteries.
In November 2008, T3 Motion, the provider of a three-wheel electric vehicle to the public safety and private security markets, contracted for 4,000 e-Zone vehicles from CT&T for sale to police departments in the US for use in applications such as parking enforcement. (Earlier post.)
CT&T United recently submitted proposals for funding to the US Department of Energy to accelerate the implementation of battery, electric motor drive and electric vehicle technologies. DOE is expected to announce their plans regarding these proposals later this summer.
CT&T works in four battery platforms by co-operatively manufacturing with Korean partners SK Energy, Sebang, EIG Corporation, LG Chemical Corporation, FCP, and Samsung. Specifically, the company works with lead-acid, lithium-polymer, fuel cell (FCP) and lithium-ion battery systems.
The company has also announced a joint venture with PUES Corporation (Japan) for the development and production of inverters and new technology in-wheel motors.
CT&T will use a Regional Assembly and Sales (RAS) system characterized by a network of regional joint ventures that will facilitate manufacturing, assembly and sales activities in specific geographic market areas throughout the US.
In addition to its manufacturing and distribution initiatives, CT&T United will partner with Research and Development teams in the US to supplement and expand upon the company’s activities in Korea. Currently, CT&T Korea, Ltd. works closely with Korea’s leading technology research universities—Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea Polytechnic University, Ajou Motor College, and Soongsil—to develop new cost and energy efficient battery platform, drivetrain system, and electric vehicle technologies.
Young Gi Lee, a former executive of Hyundai Motor Corporation, founded the CT&T in 2002 with a vision of bringing zero emissions transportation options to companies and individuals.