Pacific Gas & Electric Signs Deal with Phoenix Motors for All-Electric Vehicles
– Phoenix Motorcars has received a purchase order for four of its zero-emission, all-electric sport utility trucks (SUTs) from Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to be delivered in June. The SUTs — powered by UQM Technologies, Inc.’s propulsion system, Boshart Engineering’s homologation process, and Altairnano’s NanoSafe 35kWh battery pack — will represent the only series of battery-electric trucks in the PG&E fleet.Phoenix’s SUT can travel at freeway-speeds while carrying five passengers and a full payload. The SUT exceeds all specifications for a Type III ZEV, having a driving range of over 100 miles, can be recharged in less than 10 minutes and has a battery pack with a lifespan of more than 12 years. PG&E plans to place a purchase order for 200 of Phoenix Motorcar’s vehicles annually to assist in its daily operation of serving over 70,000 square miles in Central and Northern California.Phoenix Motorcars targets operators of fleet vehicles, such as public utilities, public transportation providers, and delivery services. A limited number of vehicles will be available to consumers in 2007 with an expanded consumer launch scheduled for 2008. Phoenix Motorcars will also introduce an SUV model in late 2007.