Before their first all-electric sport utility trucks even exist, Phoenix Motorcars has orders for their first run of 75 vehicles. The SUTs are using a new kind of lithium ion battery that, while less power-dense than current batteries is much safer and will not explode if damaged.
The cost of the SUTs is still unknown, but is likely to be in the $40-$50,000 range. All but one of the trucks were purchased by municipalities, the other one was purchased by a 'utility.' So, alas, no private owners yes.
However, Phoenix is about to do crash testing on it's first five trucks and, after that, they'll be producing a round of 500 vehicles during 2007. When those cars start rolling off the line, it'll be time for us all to start taking out our executive wallets.