July 13, 2010 § Leave a comment
The appropriately-named Phoenix Motorcars is to launch its SUT – Sports Utility Truck – at the FedFleet show in Phoenix, Arizona this week. The long-delayed SUT, based on a Ssangyong pick-up, is an all-electric four-wheel drive flatbed; range between recharges is down to a very limited 70 miles from the original 100 claimed. Phoenix has been hampered by its own bankruptcy and restructuring in addition to Ssangyong’s troubles, and its plans for a passenger-carrying SUV appear to have been suspended.
- A Korean company called Leo Motors is launching a 120kW electric powertrain, to be marketed as an aftermarket conversion product. The powertrain includes Leo’s own motor, battery pack and electronic control system, with advanced battery management software. It’s been tested in a Hyundai County bus, but will be marketed to other manufacturers and individual fleets (Green Car Congress).
- The Sinfonia Technology Co. of Japan is working on a quick-charger for EVs and plug-in hybrids which can charge a vehicle to 80% of capacity in 15 minutes. Its system allows two vehicles to charge one directly after another at 50kW, or for both to charge at a slower speed simultaneously at 25kW each, and the plug-in facility is movable, very compact and able to operate up to 10m from its base. Sales are targeted at public authorities and commercial operations, and production will start in October (Green Car Congress).