Georgia EV start-up Green4U showcases two 6-door SUV EVs aimed at fleet and commercial users
US start-up Green4U showed off prototypes of its first all-electric vehicles at an automotive trade show in Denver this week.
The two models – the heavy-duty MTU-6 SUV and the Enova SUV – both feature six doors and are aimed at fleet use. Both also feature all-electric powertrains and will offer up to 230 miles of range on a single charge, the company says.
The vehicles are based on the same proprietary modular aluminium chassis, and will be produced in the company’s native state of Georgia. This design also will serve as the base for future EVs, including a planned eight-door version of the Enova model.
Official specifications and pricing for both models will be released “in the near future” Green4U says, along with a production launch and sale dates, however it confirmed that it plans to begin delivering the two by the second quarter of 2018.
Progress has been swift for the Georgia-based automaker. Founded just over a year ago in September 2016, executives say they set up the company largely to meet growing demand for fleet EVs for taxis, municipalities, military units and logistics, as well as consumers. Over the next two years it says it will flesh out its lineup to include “neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs)” SUVs and sedans, as well as passenger and cargo vans and medium and large commercial vehicles.
Its pedigree in motorsports has also saw it launch an electric Le Man car earlier this year.
“Our engineers designed a lightweight and strong aluminum chassis and are optimizing electric drivetrains and systems to deliver the range and performance that fleet operators need,” said CEO and co-founder Jack Perkowski. “We’re focusing on fleet operators because they understand how EVs can greatly lower their operating costs. A company that has fleet vehicles travelling 50,000 miles a year can save thousands of dollars through lower fuel and maintenance costs.”
“Our three decades of high-level motorsports design, engineering, fabrication and manufacturing experience helps us to fast-track vehicle development,” echoed chairman and co-founder Don Panoz. “Weight greatly affects EV range, but we are experts at making things light and strong. Great examples are the aluminum chassis designs and body panels we’ve used on Panoz sports cars for the past 20 years, and the lightweight composite and metal structures created not only for racing but also for our non-racing aerospace, aviation and industrial customers.”