AeroVironment's findings appear to confirm Altairnano's claims that the battery should be good for tens of thousands of cycles equivalent to 500,000 miles of vehicle travel.
The second big piece of news was Dan Elliott's announcement that an upgraded battery pack is in the works that should give their SUT a range of between 200-250 miles. The current projected range is 130 miles for a vehicle with a top speed of 95 mph. He also stated that as long as CARB doesn't change the current system of ZEV credits, his company will be able to sell vehicles by 2009 without the benefit of any government incentives.
thanks for the laugh .... that sure didn't happen did it! remember we were all led to believe the Phoenix passed the crash tests.... but they never told us there were only sand bags used in place of the batteries! I don't think Phoenix ever did find enough room in the SUT for all the cells required to go the 100 miles ... even after 3 design changes. LOL tactless
The good news is that the 35 KW hour packs that Altair was shipping to Phoenix cost "only" $65,000 each!!!
Weight? Well let's say 60 watt hours per kg (I'm feelin' generous today). 35,000 / 60 = 583 kg or a mere 1283 lbs of battery weight. For that "250 mile range" just double that number!! (And drag them behind the truck in a little cart... )