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Phoenix Motorcars to Produce EVs in Mexico; VW to Participate in Venture

Phoenix Motorcars, a California-based electric vehicle company, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to enter into a joint venture with Pristine International SAdeSV to build all electric vehicles for shipment within Mexico, other regions in Latin America and to the Indian sub-continent.

The plant will be constructed in Puebla, Mexico. Volkswagen of Mexico will also be a participant in the venture. Terms of the joint venture were not disclosed pending finalization of the agreement.

Phoenix Motorcars has taken orders for over 500 fleet-ready vehicles for 2008 delivery and continues to target United States premier fleet operators with an all electric mid-size Sport Utility Truck and SUV. (Earlier post.)

Phoenix’s advanced battery-electric, zero-emission Sports Utility Truck can travel at freeway-speeds while carrying five passengers and a full payload. The vehicle exceeds all specifications for a Type III ZEV. Equipped with a lithium-ion battery pack from Altair Nanotechnologies, the SUT has a driving range of more than 100 miles.

(A hat-tip to Richard!)



Are they going to use these manufacturing agreements to build vehicles for the US?

Harvey D


With the NA Free Trade Agreement, there are no reasons why Mexican built products cannot be sold in USA and visa versa.


They would have to register with the DOT,pass the crash tests,and meet other very expensive regulations.


"Are they going to use these manufacturing agreements to build vehicles for the US?"
According to the press release, the vehicles built in Mexico are intended for Mexico, Latin America and India. Since they are supposed to be delivering vehicles in the first quarter of 2008, there must be assembly happening in the US. At least, I would hope so.

"They would have to register with the DOT,pass the crash tests,and meet other very expensive regulations."


Phoenix is dreamware! They couldn't even get their vehicle production ready for the 500 vehicle orders they supposedly already have, and now they are going into international markets!? Dream on Phoenix!

Harvey D

Middleoroad & Dominick;

Aren't Mexican built VW (+ others) already sold in USA as are many thousand (million) Canadian, Japanese, Korean, German built cars/trucks/buses?


Harvey D: Yes, Mexican VW's are sold in the U.S. and maybe Phoenix SUT will be too. However, the press release only talks about using this production capacity for Mexico, Latin America and India. (Why India?)
If I was a paid writer, and not just an avid commenter, I'd call them and ask.
As for them being dreamware...I guess time will tell.


I might want to partner with VW and sell to other countries with fewer regulations than in the U.S. It gets production up and the product out there, the rest can come over time.


i here israel is going all electric car by 2011 good for them what about america

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There are 12,000 Lincoln Towncars operating in NYC as executive sedans (not the yellow taxi fleet). They get about 17 MPG. At $4.00 per gallon, this eqates to about .24 per mile. The SUV costs about .24 per mile at .15 (what I pay at home)per KWH to operate. If you can get the initial cost down somewhat, or offer a medium to large sized sedan, the sedan or SUV will become a viable alternative. This will be especially true if a recharge station can be located in Manhattan. Phoenix should be looking to set up test vehicles that will run in this type of service. It would be a great test for the vehicle, and an excellent marketing tool when mass production gets going in ernest. Think about it.

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