ONTARIO, Calif. --- Phoenix Motorcars announced that the company's all-electric sport utility trucks (SUTs) have completed the initial frontal crash test as part of the federally mandated safety test process. "The safety test went extremely well and has moved us one step closer to receiving Federal Motor Vehicle Certification," said Daniel J. Elliott, CEO of Phoenix Motorcars Inc. "We have taken several measures to ensure our vehicles meet stringent design, safety and performance requirements." The all-electric SUT completed front, oblique and offset impact crash tests conducted at Adelanto-based KARCO Engineering on April 10. KARCO Engineering is an independent test laboratory recognized by the NHTSA to perform passenger safety evaluation testing for Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). Phoenix Motorcars' all-electric SUT can travel at freeway speeds while carrying five passengers and a full payload. The SUT meets all specifications for a Type III zero-emission vehicle, has a driving range of over 100 miles, can be recharged in less than 10 minutes and has a battery pack with a life of 12 years or more. The vehicle is powered by UQM Technologies Inc.'s propulsion system, uses Boshart Engineering's certification expertise and is equipped with a Altairnano NanoSafe battery pack. Phoenix Motorcars is targeting operators of public and private fleet vehicles, such as utilities, transportation providers, municipalities and port operators. A limited number of vehicles will be available to consumers in 2007 with an expanded consumer launch scheduled for 2008. Phoenix Motorcars said the company will also introduce an SUV model in late 2007.

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