Phoenix Motorcars enthüllt Elektro-Sport Utility Truck (SUT)
Transporter und Lkws
Sonntag, den 04. März 2007 um 01:17 Uhr
(Quelle: Green Options) Phoenix Motorcars
hat in den USA einen autobahnfähigen Elektro-Sport Utility Truck
mit der Bezeichnung "SUT
" vorgestellt. Phoenix plant noch dieses Jahr 500 SUT zu produzieren. Die Reichweite wird mit 130 Meilen (209 km)
und die Höchstgeschwindigkeit mit 95 mph (150 km/h)
angegeben. Später in diesem Jahr soll noch eine SUV-Version mit einer Reichweite von 250 Meilen (400 km)
folgen. Die Produktionsleistungsfähigkeit wird bis 2008 erweitert, damit dann Tausende dieser Elektrofahrzeuge lieferbar sind. Phoenix Direktor Dan Elliot hat vor kurzem seinen SUT bei Präsident Bush im Weißen Haus vorgestellt. Schauen Sie sich das Video
von der Vorstellung des SUT an.
(Source: Green Options / David Anderson)
Phoenix Motorcars is doing its part. Last night, the company held a major event to celebrate the launch of its first line, an all-electric sport utility truck (SUT)--appropriately enough--at LA's famed Peterson Automotive Museum.
Company engineers were offering up test drives all evening, and I was lucky enough to be one of the first in line to get behind the wheel. All I can say is: wow. This was my first time driving an electric, so I didn't push it too hard, but test-drive-mate J. Karen Thomas (of Who Killed the Electric Car?) had no reservations about seeing what the truck could do. As she hit the accelerator (and I reached in vain for a seatbelt), all I heard was a slight whirring sound, which quickly faded to silence. Awesome.
While all 500 SUTs Phoenix plans to produce this year are already spoken for by high-profile supporters and corporate fleets, the company will introduce an SUV version later this year, and expand its production capabilities to make thousands of these beauties available in 2008.
Phoenix CEO Dan Elliot (who showed off his SUT to President Bush recently) was hell-bent on creating an all-electric vehicle that could meet the daily needs of a wider range of users, "from the grocery store to the hardware store."
It's obvious that the truck was specifically designed to undercut all of the traditional knocks on electric vehicles: it fits 5 easily, has 1,000 lb payload capacity, and cruises at 95 mph on the freeway. It still only has a range of 130 miles per charge (which runs around $3), but the company is aggressively pursuing partnerships to set up high-powered charging stations that can flash-charge the vehicle in 10 minutes or less. Reps from multiple companies who want to make this happen explained to me that these stations could be fed from on-site renewable resources, with grid-connected or fossil backups to ensure reliability.
So, someone remind me again why we're spending billions in California on developing one "hydrogen highway" when we could be making "electric highways" the new standard in transportation, using technology that exists today? There must be some powerful interests at work here...
Despite the threat that electric vehicle (EV) technology poses to the auto and oil industries, the public holds a trump card. As long as it was GM making and then aborting the EV prematurely, they could control the technology's public image. But as companies like Phoenix and Tesla prove themselves in the market, the auto giants are going to have to adapt. Now that others are commercializing it, the power to control public perceptions about such new technology (as GM tried to do with the EV1) is quickly fading.
After last night's event, it was clear that the electric vehicle is back, and this time, it's here to stay. The technology is mature; all that's left is to allow mass production to bring costs down. As that happens, the advantages of coupling transportation with our other energy needs is a no-brainer. First, it's more efficient than internal combustion, meaning less energy gets wasted as heat, and more goes into pushing the vehicle. Also, it's completely scalable, from the 3-wheel ZAP to performance sports cars that destroy the best muscle cars head to head.
But for me, the major advantage of EVs is that they allow us to decide where our fuel comes from. Even though your new electric SUT will be powered by the same dirty energy that powers the rest of our lives, going electric gives you options to do something about it. You could buy green power for your home with your savings on fuel and still come out ahead, or take the plunge and make your own power with a set of solar panels. As the event's host and green activist Ed Begley, Jr. put it, "you can't make gas on your roof." It might not be right for everyone yet, but moving in this direction is the smart thing to do for families, for our oil-addicted country as a whole, and for the earth. It's time.