Phoenix Motorcars, which was recently acquired by SPI Energy, a provider of photovoltaic and EV solutions, has delivered two all-electric Z500 Class 4 utility trucks to the Port of Oakland, one of California’s largest ports.
The Z500 utility trucks were built at Phoenix’s Ontario, California facility. They are based on the Ford E-450 chassis with a Knapheide KUV body. Each has a 105 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which delivers up to 110 miles of range, and is capable of DC fast charging. Phoenix also installed two 50 kW fast chargers at the port facility.
The trucks are equipped with multiple storage compartments, strobe lights and other typical accessories, offering the same functionality as legacy gas or diesel trucks. According to Phoenix, the electric drivetrain reduces maintenance costs by 75% and fuel costs by 80%.
“The zero-emission utility truck is a unique product that has found favor with cities, large establishments like ports, and small independent contractors,” said Xiaofeng Peng, CEO of SPI Energy. “Our all-electric chassis for trucks is highly customizable, and we offer multiple body styles, including electric flatbed trucks, work trucks, delivery trucks, refrigerated trucks and shuttle buses.”