MECO Testing Phoenix Electric Vehicles

December 22, 2008 at 1:56 am Leave a comment

phoenixsuvphoenixsutMaui Electric Co. (MECO) and a California manufacturer of electric vehicles signed an accord on Tuesday, Dec. 9, allowing the utility to test the durability of new battery-powered pickup trucks. Ontario, Calif.-based Phoenix Motorcars will provide 20 to 30 of the vehicles to Maui Electric by March in order to test battery technologies that use a “nano-titanite” system. It will be the first such test in the nation for Phoenix vehicles. “Electric vehicles will be less expensive to run and emit less total carbon dioxide than the same vehicle run on gasoline,” said MECO President Ed Reinhardt. “The numbers are even better when the power comes from renewable sources, and that’s what we hope to do.” Gov. Linda Lingle called the accord a significant step toward making Hawaii far more reliant on renewable sources of electricity. The six-month test on Maui will also determine how the trucks interact with the island’s electricity grid when they are recharging, as well as the devices used to connect the vehicles to an electrical source.
Maui Weekly, December 18, 2008

The four-passenger, zero-emission, advanced battery electric SUV and SUT (truck) can travel at freeway speed. Equipped with a revolutionary lithium titanate battery, this SUV will travel over 100 miles on a single 10-minute charge.* Fully electric vehicles with a sophisticated chassis and regenerative braking.

* Off-Board High-Power 250kW Charger required for 10-minute charge.

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