|The all-electric version of the Sport Utility Truck (SUT).|
Phoenix Motorcars and UQM Technologies will collaborate on the development of a plug-in series hybrid model of the sport utility truck currently produced and sold by Phoenix as an all-electric vehicle. (Earlier post.)
The Phoenix Sport Utility Truck is a five-passenger dual-cab pickup truck measuring 194 inches in length with a wheelbase of 108 inches. The plug-in hybrid model to be developed will include a small gasoline-fueled internal combustion engine for a range extender, a UQM PowerPhase 100 propulsion system—the same used in the all-electric model—and NanoSafe lithium titanate batteries from Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc.
The series hybrid configuration (battery dominant with range extender) is similar to that chosen by GM for its first Volt powertrain. Phoenix will announce further details about the configuration of the powertrain and operating strategy in the future.
The development of a plug-in hybrid model of our sport utility truck is an important expansion of our model offering that we expect will meet the needs of a broader range of customers. Plug-in hybrids offer the opportunity to operate the vehicle in the most common driving environments in all-electric mode, saving money and reducing emissions, while maintaining the flexibility to travel cross-country.
We believe a potentially large market will develop for this category of vehicle and we intend to develop a high performing vehicle that our customers can be excited to own and drive.—Dan Elliott, President and CEO, Phoenix Motorcars