Electric SUT does 95 miles/h and charges in 10 minutes.

Phoenix Motorcars in California has used new battery technology to develop the new electric SUT, apparently based on Korean SsangYong Actyon Sports (insert). The Phoenix has very promising stats, among them a working range of over 100 miles on a charge, a top speed of 95 mph and it will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under 10 seconds. The new batteries are Altairnano NanoSafe™ based on lithium titanate instead of lithium-ion. The very short charging time is achieved at special charging stations using 480 V three phase current. If you charge at home with your ordinary household current, it will be about 4 to 5 hours. The company will manufacture about 500 SUTs during 2007, and hopes for 6,000 in 2008, when they are looking to introduce a SUV. From available pictures it appears to be based on the SSangYong Actyon. At present all sales are directed at fleets, but Phoenix promises consumer sales during next year. There are no prices to be found on the Phoenix site, but an ordinary 4×4 diesel Actyon Sports is around AUD 33,000:- in Australia (that is about USD 29,000:-).brbr

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