The quest to develop the best solution to greenhouse gas emission and fuel consumption reduction has rule to partnerships between companies within the auto industry and among other industries in addition. Car manufacturers already teamed up with the U.S. government to develop vehicles which not only consumes less or no fuel but also reduces or eliminates the emission of greenhouse gases.
Recently, another partnership has been forged with the aim of developing a means that will be promoted as a solution to the increasing price of gasoline and the threat of global warming. UQM Technologies, one of the leading manufacturers of electric motors, and Phoenix Motorcars, a manufacturer of battery powered vehicles, have joined forces so as to create a plug-in hybrid sport utility truck.
Hybrid technology is currently very popular in the United States. The hybrid dramatical change started when Toyota unleashed the Prius in the U.S. auto market some years back. A typical hybrid electric means is equipped with an internal combustion engine and an electric motor providing additional strength. These vehicles, given the internal combustion engine, are not as limited as pure electric cars. But what the partnership aims to develop is a plug-in electric hybrid sport utility truck. That method that the battery pack powering the means will not only origin its charge from the engine or from the energy captured during braking but also from the strength grid.
A plug-in hybrid means’s battery pack can be recharged from an ordinary household socket. This method that while the means is parked in one’s garage, the owner can recharge the means by simply plugging it in into an ordinary socket just like what you would do to give a mobile gadget some juice.
The plan for the plug-in electric hybrid means is to provide it with a battery pack which can strength it without the aid of the internal combustion engine for 20 to 60 miles. If the partnership achieves this feat and the cost of production be lowered so that it can be obtainable to more people, millions of American motorists will not need to consume a drop of gasoline for their everyday driving. A study discloses that the average American drives 25 miles per day or less.
The plug-in electric hybrid will be a five-passenger dual cab pickup truck. The Phoenix Sport Utility Truck will be 194 inches in length and will have a wheelbase measuring 108 inches. The means will have respectable towing capacity for its character with a half a ton payload capacity. A small internal combustion engine will be employed by the pickup truck powered by gasoline. The plug-in hybrid SUT will use NanoSafe® lithium titanate batteries provided by Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc. Other elements like the brakes, transmission, and other related parts will be provided by other manufacturers.
Dan Elliot, the president and the chief executive officer of Phoenix Motorcars, has this to say: “The development of a plug-in hybrid form of our sport utility truck is an important expansion of our form offering that we expect will meet the needs of a broader range of customers. Plug-in hybrids offer the opportunity to function the means in the most shared driving environments in all-electric mode, saving money and reducing emissions, while maintaining the flexibility to travel cross-country. We believe a potentially large market will develop for this category of means and we intend to develop a high performing means that our customers can be excited to own and excursion.”
Meanwhile, William G. Rankin, the president and the chief executive officer of UQM Technologies, has this to say: “We are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Phoenix Motorcars on this exciting new development. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles present us with a tremendous opportunity to unprotected to broader market proportion for our propulsion systems and electronics. We are looking forward to participating in the development and set afloat of another exciting Phoenix form with our other strategic partners, Boshart Engineering and Altair Nanotechnologies,”