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Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. (Nasdaq: ALTI) announced today it received a purchase order for its NanoSafe 35 KWh battery pack systems from California-based Phoenix Motorcars for $1,040,000 for battery pack systems scheduled for delivery in February and March 2007. In addition, the company announced it has entered into a multi-year purchase and supply agreement with Phoenix under which Phoenix has projected orders for 2007 between $16 and $42 Million for up to five hundred battery pack systems.
The initial order of battery pack systems, valued at $1,040,000, is scheduled for delivery to Phoenix in February and March 2007, and additional shipments of increasing value are planned throughout the 2007 calendar year. Depending on Phoenix's level of demand, the entire projected order for NanoSafe battery pack systems may be shipped to Phoenix in calendar year 2007. Under the terms of the multi-year purchase and supply agreement, Phoenix will purchase all battery packs for its electric vehicles from Altairnano.
In consideration for a three-year exclusivity agreement within the U.S., Altairnano received a 16.6 percent ownership in the company. The three-year exclusivity agreement provides Phoenix with limited, exclusive use of Altairnano's NanoSafe battery packs in four-wheel, all-electric vehicles having a gross weight up to 6,000 pounds. Phoenix must meet minimum battery pack purchases, annually, to maintain the limited exclusivity agreement. The minimum commitment to maintain exclusivity for 2007 would provide $16 Million in battery pack sales to Altairnano. Altairnano's NanoSafe battery packs manufactured for hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs) are excluded from the exclusivity agreement.
Altairnano's NanoSafe 35 KWh battery pack systems enable Phoenix SUTs to meet California's Air Resources Board Type III Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) standards while providing power for a driving range of 135 miles and driving speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. The NanoSafe battery pack can be recharged in less than 10 minutes at fast-charge stations.
Phoenix Motorcars' market strategy targets operators of fleet vehicles, such as public utilities, public transportation providers, and delivery services. This market presents a significant opportunity as there are more than 200,000 fleet vehicles in the State of California alone, with an increasing number of fleet operators now seeking freeway-capable, zero emission, all electric vehicles. The Phoenix SUT and SUV vehicles are the only all-electric vehicles currently on the market capable of meeting California's Type III ZEV requirements.
"This order is a significant milestone for Altairnano as we continue to bring our product technologies to market," said Alan J. Gotcher, Ph.D., Altair Nanotechnologies' President and Chief Executive Officer. "The agreement with Phoenix validates our partnership-based business strategy and continues to demonstrate that Altairnano's technology provides unmatched product performance for unmet market needs."
"The market opportunity for freeway-ready, all-electric, zero-emission vehicles is growing daily," said Phoenix Motorcars CEO Daniel J. Elliott. "Having a best-in-class company such as Altair Nanotechnologies as an equity owner and as a provider of safe, powerful, fast-charging battery packs, will be a major driver for our growth," added Elliott.
Altairnano is an innovator and supplier of advanced novel, ceramic nanomaterials. Altairnano's leading edge scientists are complemented by a seasoned management team with substantial experience in commercializing innovative, disruptive technologies. The company has developed nanomaterials for the alternative energy, life sciences and performance materials markets based on its proprietary manufacturing process. This process also provides the foundation for its innovative AHP pigment process. For more information visit: http://www.altairnano.com .
About Phoenix Motorcars, Inc.
Phoenix Motorcars Inc., headquartered in Ontario, California, has been an industry leader in the development of battery electric freeway speed vehicles since 2001. The mission of Phoenix Motorcars is to manufacture zero emission vehicles including Sport Utility Trucks and Sport Utility Vehicles to reduce the toxic emissions from the largest contributor to air pollution, personal automobiles. For additional information visit: http://www.phoenixmotorcars.com .
This release may contain forward-looking statements as well as historical information. Forward-looking statements, which are included in accordance with the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, may involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the company's actual results and performance in future periods to be materially different from any future results or performance suggested by the forward-looking statements in this release. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the risks that Phoenix will not order vehicles as projected, or at the minimum levels required, under the supply agreement; that producers of electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles will not adopt Altairnano's nano-Titanate battery technology for various reasons, including possible concerns as to whether the power, driving range, cycle life and other characteristics of the battery technology are suitable for electric or hybrid electric vehicles, or about the design of Phoenix Motorcars' SUTs and SUVs, and other vehicles incorporating the technology; that key commercial partners working with Altairnano on commercial uses for the nano-Titanate battery may proceed slowly with, or abandon, commercialization or marketing efforts; and that even if full commercialization occurs, sales may not reach expected levels for one or more reasons, including failure of end products to perform as expected, the introduction of a superior product or the withdrawal from the project of key commercial partners. In general, Altairnano is, and expects to be in the immediate future, dependent upon funds generated from sales of securities, grants, testing agreements, and licensing agreements to fund its testing, development and ongoing operations. In addition, other risks are identified in the company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, as filed with the SEC. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. The company expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements found herein to reflect any changes in company expectations or results or any change in events.
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