A Braselton car manufacturer has rolled out the first of a new fleet of electric vehicles in Denver and Washington trade shows — and Nissan Leafs these are not.
On Tuesday, Green4U Technologies unveiled two models of SUVs aimed at the commercial market, the Enova and its big brother, the heavy-duty MTU-6. Both models have six doors, large price tags and dreams of disrupting the market for conventional petroleum-powered work vehicles when they hit the market in the second quarter of 2018.
The Enova, which was unveiled at a taxi and limousine trade show in Denver, costs about $69,000, according to Green4U CEO Jack Perkowski. The MTU-6 and its $74,500 price tag were revealed at the annual meeting of the Association of the United States Army, a nonprofit lobbying and educational group supporting the operations of the Army, in the nation’s capital.
Both vehicles have a range of about 230 miles.
Those two locations offer some insight into where Green4U Technology sees the first of their new brand of electric cars going: commercial and professional operators with large fleets of diesel and gas vehicles.
“We’re focusing on fleet operators because they understand how EVs can greatly lower their operating costs,” Perkowski said in a Tuesday announcement. “A company that has fleet vehicles traveling 50,000 miles a year can save thousands of dollars through lower fuel and maintenance costs.”
Perkowski formed Green4U Technologies with Don Panoz, owner of the Panoz sportscar manufacturing company. Green4U is now Panoz’s parent company.
Green4U is starting with the commercial market, but the company is coming out with more vehicles that have more potential to attract individual sales.
“We’ve got a lot of big days coming up,” Perkowski told The Times in a call Tuesday from the Washington event.
The first battery-powered cars going on the market will not be the SUVs, but an NEV: the neighborhood electric vehicle, Perkowski said.
NEVs are intended to be golf cart killers for use on corporate and academic campuses and in gated communities. They’re quicker than the cart but, depending on the model, still not road legal on highways and other roads with higher speed limits.
In a previous interview, Perkowski noted that the company’s NEV would be road legal on most of the city streets in Atlanta.
The model will be revealed in the next week and will be on sale before the end of 2017. Green4U is working to line up dealers for the vehicles in Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas, according to Perkowski.
After NEVs, the company will roll out sedans, passenger and cargo vans, and medium and large commercial vehicles.
Vans and coach buses will be available for order in 2018. A brief list of vehicles is available on Green4U’s vehicle page.
The Enova and the MTU-6 share an aluminum chassis design and will be built in Georgia, according to the Green4U announcement. That same chassis will be used in other vehicles designed in Braselton.