With a range of approximately 60 miles (100 kilometers) the all electric Micro-Vett Fiat Doblò 5 seat station wagon, powered by a 18 kWh Altairnano NanoSafe® battery pack is undergoing field trials in Oslo, Norway. The battery pack was recharged three times, in less than ten minutes using a high voltage rapid charging system, for a total of three times to travel a total of 186 miles (300 km) at a top speed of 72 mph (120 kM/h). Go Green expects to ship up to 20 Micro-Vett vehicles to customers in the next several months, and an additional 250 vehicles are planned for shipment in 2008.
Two interesting comments are found on the Go Green website:
"Due to the absence of the Phoenix vehicle, we have selected Micro-Vetts range of vehicles to present during elections in Norway."
"Altairnano are currently selling the batteries at U$2.00 per watt. It was explained that through volume this could be reduced to U$0.50 per watt by means of automating the production of the cell and module"
This car provides somewhat of a quandary for me. The range of 60 miles is more consistent with that needed for commuting, while the size of the car is more in line with a vehicle used to travel greater distances. For the expected sales volume, it does not really matter what the range or size is, but I would expect some rationale for that. Perhaps the first use at the elections in Norway determined the design parameters. The 35 kWh Altairnaro battery pack could be used for longer ranges and smaller vehicles are available from Micro-Vett, in fact their website says the YDEA micro-car is now available with electric drive, what kind of batteries was not stated.
As far as the Go Green comment on the availability of the Phoenix vehicles this may be in line with companies August 23 announcement that "While Phoenix Motorcars had hoped to begin initial deliveries of its vehicles by this fall, we have decided to delay deliveries until early 2008." The price of the Altairnanol battery packs, $9,000 for an 18 kWh pack is about in line with expectations, but higher than my expectations for "automated production".
The Diablo provides a small market for Altairnano's batteries while Phoenix gets its act together, if it ever does. Altairnano bought a stake in Phoenix, so I would think they are pretty confident that it will go foreward.
The entire text of the press release on which this post was based is available on the next page.
RENO, NV -- AeroVironment, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVAV), Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. 'Altairnano' (Nasdaq: ALTI), Micro-Vett, SPA and Go Green Holding AS, jointly announced the successful public demonstrations of the All-Electric Fiat Doblò to government officials and potential commercial customers in Oslo, Norway. On October 2nd, half-way through an ongoing 60-day demonstration, the Micro-Vett Fiat Doblò, a regular size 5-seat station wagon vehicle, powered by a custom 18 kWh Altairnano high performance NanoSafe® battery pack, traveled 300 kilometers (186 miles) in an urban delivery circuit. The custom battery pack was fully recharged in less than ten minutes a total of three times using AeroViroments' high voltage, 125kW rated, rapid charging system. The vehicle will be driven an estimated total of 7,500 kilometers during the 60-day demonstration period, which translates to an annual equivalent use of 45,000 kilometers.
The Fiat Doblò is designed both as a commercial medium-duty transport vehicle, as well as a regular size family car. Micro-Vett has been converting standard vehicles to electric drive for the past 20 years, and today, they have a wide range of passenger and utility vehicles available for sale. Go Green expects to ship up to 20 Micro-Vett vehicles with Altairnanos 18 kWh NanoSafe® battery packs to customers in the next several months, and an additional 250 vehicles are planned for shipment in 2008. Altairnano offers a range of NanoSafe® battery packs for all-electric vehicles requiring from 10 to 35 kWh of energy storage.
"This alliance of innovative companies is a powerful combination that is committed to providing clean transportation on a global platform," said Asbjorn Slordahl, Go Green Holdings’ chief executive officer. "With battery packs from Altairnano, and fast-charge infrastructure from AeroVironment, these roadway-ready, all-electric vehicles converted by Micro-Vett and distributed by Go Green are a powerful example of what happens when you combine the right technology, with the right providers, at the right time."
"This is a key step forward in demonstrating the viability of all-electric vehicles, and the fast charge infrastructure necessary to enable their practical use," said Joe Edwards, vice president and general manager of AeroVironment's Energy Technology Center. "This demonstration proves that the technology to deploy electric vehicles for everyday use is available and ready. Our PosiCharge® fast charge technology has demonstrated itself to be reliable for the daily operation of thousands of heavily used, low voltage electric industrial vehicles throughout North America and increasingly in Europe, Australia and Asia. Using PosiCharge® to support high voltage electric vehicles is a natural extension."
"This public demonstration in Norway demonstrates another all-electric vehicle platform that is powered by Altairnano's unique lithium Titanate NanoSafe battery pack product line. The NanoSafe® battery packs are safe, powerful, fully rechargeable in less than ten minutes with rapid charge systems, have long life and operate in extreme temperatures," said Alan J. Gotcher, Ph.D., Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc.'s president and chief executive officer. "With more than 1,700 electric-powered vehicles in the country, Norway is taking a proactive approach in the adoption of all-electric vehicle technology and products. Our innovative battery technology, which is capable of thousands of re-charge cycles, provides a necessary ingredient for the adoption of EVs around the globe."
"Micro-Vett has been manufacturing electric vehicles since 1987 and so we constantly follow energy accumulation systems evolution, from batteries to fuel cells," said Massimiliano Di Gioia, Micro-Vett Vice President. "Until now we've seen some developments, but Altairnanos fast charge batteries have the potential to revolutionize electric vehicles and also the automotive industry. It was very exciting to see Doblò’s charge level indicator going up visibly in Oslo. With Altairnano’s fast charge batteries, we can overcome the primary electric vehicle limitation because we can achieve refuelling times comparable to those of gasoline-powered vehicles.”
About AeroVironment, Inc. (AV)
Building on a history of technological innovation, AV designs, develops, produces, and supports an advanced portfolio of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and efficient electric energy systems. The company's small UAS are used extensively by agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and increasingly by allied military forces to deliver real-time reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition to tactical operating units. AV's PosiCharge® fast charge systems eliminate battery changing for electric industrial vehicles in factories, airports, and distribution centers. For more information about AV, please visit www.avinc.com.
About Altair Nanotechnologies Inc.
Altairnano is an innovator and manufacturer of advanced novel, ceramic nanomaterials that are used in products that exhibit groundbreaking performance. Altairnano’s products address a diverse range of high-growth energy, industrial and pharmaceutical applications within three businesses: the Altair Power & Energy Group, Altair Materials Group and Altair Life Sciences Group. Our goal, or mission statement, is to create and deliver innovative products that improve the quality of life. For more information visit: www.altairnano.com.
About Go Green Holding AS
Go Green Holding is a Norwegian company, founded in April 2007. The company’s aim is to bring sustainable electric vehicles to the Scandinavian market, supported by an infrastructure for rapid charging. Having teamed up with strong partners, Go Green Holding offers a wide range of 0-emmission electric vehicles to fleet operators and, eventually, the private market. With the development of an infrastructure for rapid chargers, 0-emmission electric vehicles will be a realistic alternative to fossil fuel vehicles and make a big difference to the environment. Please visit our website at: http://www.go-green.no/
About Micro-Vett, SPA
Micro-Vett is a leader in the electric vehicle market in Europe. Since 1987, Micro-Vett has been operating in the field of electric traction, beginning its business with the design of micro-citycars and then shifting in 1991 to the electrification of light, medium and heavy commercial transport vehicles. Micro-Vett offers products that join mechanical reliability, affordability, security and comfort. Micro-Vett also was responsible for designing PORTER, the most-sold electrical vehicle in Italy (beyond 2000) and the second most-sold electric vehicle in Europe. PORTER is the only electrical vehicle sold in series. Please visit our English website at: http://www.micro-vett.it/eng/indexing.html.