An Electric Car Recharges In 10 Minutes?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Environment, Money, Science

That’s the claim for this pretty cool looking “Sport Utility Truck.” And you can go 130 miles on that single charge. Not too shabby.

From TechEBlog:

Powered by the revolutionary Altairnano NanoSafe™ battery pack, Phoenix Motorcars’ zero-emission, all-electric Sport Utility Truck (SUT) can cruise on the freeway at up to 95 m.p.h. while carrying five passengers and a full payload.

The SUT has a low-cost maintenance schedule and will be introduced to fleet managers in early 2007. The company plans to produce at least 500 SUTs in 2007. [...]

Phoenix is currently working on an expanded battery pack that will allow a 250 mile range, still permitting a 10 minute charge and available in late 2007.

But most importantly…what will it cost? And only 500 being made? Yikes.

Still, it’s a step in the right direction. Style and sustainability all in one. Gotta love that.


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15 Responses to “An Electric Car Recharges In 10 Minutes?”

  1. Cameroon Says:

    Well 500 in the 1st year is pretty damn good for a small company which is just starting off. And they are selling them, for around $50,000, not leasing them like GM did with the EV1, so that they could just pull the car off the roads (which they did) whenever they pleased. A big company like GM only managed to make about 1000 of the EV1 electric cars. That puts it into perspective doesn’t it?

  2. Justin Gardner Says:

    Yes, it does. Hopefully these will catch on, but the cost seems a bit steep.

    Still, I imagine that they’ll find 500 people more than happy to pay that price.

  3. kent beuchert Says:

    It’s amazing how many mimds were poisoned with lies by “Who Killed the Electric Car?” Here we have someone who has no idea why GM only built 1100 EV1. Reason number one : there weren’t 1100 idiots willing to pay $45,000 for a two seater that was no advancement over the 1907 Detroit Electric. Reason number 2 – the car could legally be sold – it did not meet
    Federal safety regs introduced after ithe EV1 was designed but before it went to market. GM negotiated with the Feds and they allowed the car to be leased ONLY and GM had to promise to recover all of the units after the leasing period . NOW you also know one of the reasons GM wasn’t about to sell any EV1 when the program was discontinued after 5 long years of (justifiable) public disinterest. The other reasons were that spare parts were not readilly available, nor mechanics to work on them and the idea of selling a car that could electrocute its amateur meachanic owners would have made GM’s liability lawyers pull their hair out while running dow the hallway screaming.
    The EV1 should never have been brought to market in the first place. Without practical batteries, it is obviously impossible to build a viable electric car. Period. End of sentence boys and girls. The Altairnano batteries in the Phoenix are the first practical automotive batteries ever created. They last a very long time (15+ years), making them cheap on a per year basis. Fast recharge means public charging stations that make some sense (unlike New York state’s nonsensical and mostly politically motivated charging stations).

  4. Jimmy the Dhimmi Says:

    130 miles on a single charge? How much coal needs to be burned at the power plant in order to generate that electricity and transport it across high-wires to the nearest charging station?

  5. Marc Geller Says:

    How many misstatements of fact can one post have? Let’s count Kent’s. 1. The EV1 had an MSRP of $33,995, but no one was allowed to purchase one. 2. The Detroit Electric probably went less than 50 miles at sub 25mph. The EV1 had a top speed of 80mph (governed) and a range of 140 miles. 3. The EV1 passed every federal requirement to be sold as a car, and no agreement existed with the feds to prevent sale of the EV1. 4. Spare parts were as available as the maker, GM, wanted. 5. Mechanics were available to work on EV1 until they were reassigned by GM. 6. Electrocution & liability? Absurd. Never happened, and believe me EV1 drivers poked around. 7. Batteries are already practical. The Panasonic NiMH batteries in my Toyota-made RAV4 EV have a range of 120 miles and are lasting over 100,000 miles in others’ cars. 8. Batteries can be fast charged with very high voltage power, but it is really beside the point. Home overnight charging meets the need for power now.

  6. Rick Simonton Says:

    Marc, thanks for diluting the misinformation by Kent Beucher, yet there are still other points to be made…
    General Motors, Daimler Chrysler, Exxon, Mobil and the federal government (under Bush) sued the state of California and CARB (California Air Resources Board), alleging their new rules violated a federal law barring states from regulating fuel economy. Under the considerable external pressure of the law suit, CARB backed away from their ZEV mandate in 2003. GM’s response was swift. The entire EV1 program was cancelled.

    The nickel metal hydride battery, used proprietary technologies developed by GM, with much of this research paid for by the federal government’s Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV) program (under Clinton). Upon closing down the EV1 program, the battery patents were sold to Texaco and resold to Chevron who licensed it to Cobasys as part of a joint venture. For the most part, they are not available for automotive use.

    When the few EV1′s where produced, they were quickly snapped up. Nobody ever saw a lineup of EV1′s at a dealer waiting for buyers The was never a marketing campaign to sell the cars, though you may have seen general “PR” ads promoting GM’s as earth friendly or promoting GM’s overall technical prowess.

    GM had a “changing of the guard” prior to the introduction of the EV1. It was already on thin ice as it entered its final stage of development. Many 3rd party engineering efforts were cut or rushed as the new management compressed the develop schedule while slashing R&D budgets, late in the cycle. Still the engineers did too good of a job…

    …According to the VP of Sales at my local Saturn dealership in Los Angeles, GM dealers were “gravely concerned” with GM Corp due to a 60% reduction in service revenues. This was attributed to plug-in electric vehicles having far fewer parts, most of which needed far less maintenance. He indicated the dealers where on the “warpath with corporate” over the direction of the GM product line.

  7. sleipner Says:

    As always, when environmentalism clashes with corporate profits, profits almost always win. The only exceptions occur when the government provides oversight forcing them to take responsibility for the pollution they create.

    The sad thing is that many forms of environmentally friendly business practices can be quite economical, and are not followed either due to addictions to bad habits or the oft-repeated but utterly backwards Republican meme of “environmentalism will destroy our economy.” In truth, the lack of environmental responsibility worldwide will destroy not only our economy, but may indeed severely damage our entire civilization if left unchecked for much longer.

  8. aka jkat Says:

    kent is an idiot IT is clear that he is a oil promoter and wants to kill the earth. WHAT A dufus!!!!

  9. Garth L Ross Says:

    ….and also see activities of Democrat KKK “Sheets” Byrd. He has coal miners in his state digging coal out of the ground in this backward process instead of the more efficient surface mining technique of Wyoming.

  10. Garth L Ross Says:

    Why not produce 80% electricity with nuclear the way France and Japan do? It is the most efficient method. Then use the sparks to power electric cars. Nuclear power waste should be recycled; it’s much too valuable to dig a hole in the ground and bury it. We’re all in favor of recycling. Windpower is also dropping greatly in cost. If the windmills are built at Cape Cod it will spoil the view of Ted Kennedy and Walter Kronkite. Then tell them to get over themselves.

  11. Merlin Harker Says:

    Unfortuately, nuclear power isn’t nearly as clean as industry ads claim, and not just because of the waste issue. All nukes produce some level of radioactive pollution throughout their life cycle, from uranium mining, to processing, operation, waste storage, and decommissioning. Next gen designs like pebble bed reactors have some advantages, but are still far from clean.

    Just as with fossil fuels, all environmental effects should be tallied in computing comparative cost and efficiency. The most efficient energy sources (after conservation, of course) are true renewables like wind and solar.

  12. David Lassiter Says:

    Kent Beuchert is a fake working for the oil / gas lobby and has posted on hundreds of websites through dummy email accounts (eg – [email protected]). He has been posting for six years on this topic – ridiculously if you think about it. He has made up locations in McLean, VA and Tampa, FL. Please forward any information you may have on him as I am writing a story. Regards – David Lassiter

  13. Brian Lee Says:

    Can hydroponic grow ops be powered this way? Cheaper weed for all, and no house fires… sorry, couldn’t resist…

  14. Raonoke Says:

    OK, it’s August, 2008. How many of these miracle vechicles were delivered? Can they be charged in 10 minutes? Can the vehicle perform at the advertised rate? I think I know the answer given the last comment was posted in January of 2007.

  15. B B Kent Says:

    Four years later and electric vehicle technology is still only for those with too much money. Anyone for a Tesla sports car?

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