If this becomes a reality, the competition will be in serious trouble

Atlis Motor Vehicles, an Arizona-based electric vehicle startup, has built a prototype battery pack that can be charged from 0 to 100-percent in 12 minutes, 35 seconds. Atlis believes that this prototype is scalable for its upcoming electric pickup truck. However, it must be noted that the prototype was only a 3 kWh pack.

The CEO Seems Very Confident

New Electric Pickup Truck from Atlis Motor Vehicles Will Take a Full Charge in 13 Minutes!
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As per the company, the test of their first large-scale prototype pack used a public DC fast charge station.

Atlis said that they are achieving that with regular Li-ion batteries with some novel cooling technology that they developed.

Atlis Motor Vehicles’ CEO, Mark Hanchett, said, “We have completed preliminary testing of our prototype battery pack with fast charging capabilities, and we’re proud to announce that we did better than expected. We beat our charge time by 2 minutes and 25 seconds by charging a 3 kWh pack to full in 12 minutes 35 seconds. This was the key to proving our technology – recharge times for batteries is still one of the largest obstacles to wider adoption of electric vehicles.”

Don’t Make Assumptions Just Because It’s A Small Battery Pack

New Electric Pickup Truck from Atlis Motor Vehicles Will Take a Full Charge in 13 Minutes!
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A 3 kWh battery pack sounds irrelevant for a large all-electric pickup truck charging test, but Atlis Motor Vehicles says that it is fully scalable, “The battery pack is part of Atlis’ prototype design and is capable of scaling in size to meet their customer’s performance needs. The capacity of the test pack had to be kept low to ensure enough power was available from the Level 3 DC charging station. Next steps for the prototype pack is to integrate this design concept into Atlis Motor Vehicles’ XP platform currently in development.”

It’s All Only On Paper for Now

New Electric Pickup Truck from Atlis Motor Vehicles Will Take a Full Charge in 13 Minutes!
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The XP platform will start off by underpinning the Atlis XT electric pickup truck, but will soon serve even other products in the line-up. It is still a work-in-progress.

The start-up is planning to price it very competitively with a starting price of $45,000 with a base range of 300 miles and an optional range of 500 miles. The ultra-fast charging, however, would be standard. Presently, the company is trying to raise $1 million through crowdfunding in order to build the first prototype of the truck.

Our Take

New Electric Pickup Truck from Atlis Motor Vehicles Will Take a Full Charge in 13 Minutes!
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What is Atlis trying to pull here? Trying to crowd-fund a million bucks on the basis a prototype that’s not even real yet? If in case Atlis is not able to live up to its claim of ultra-fast charging, where does it leave them and the investors? Nevertheless, the idea is good, and we can only hope for things to move ‘ultra-fast’ in this segment. What are your thoughts on this? Share them with us in the comments section below.

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MESA, Arizona, (October 17, 2018) — Atlis Motor Vehicles, a startup electric pickup truck manufacturer,
has completed and successfully tested their first large-scale prototype battery pack. The goal of the test
was a full charge in 15 minutes, and Atlis achieved the full charge in 12 minutes, 35 seconds. This charge
time of a vehicle battery in under 13 minutes is a first in the electric vehicle (EV) industry.
“We have completed preliminary testing of our prototype battery pack with fast charging capabilities,
and we’re proud to announce that we did better than expected. We beat our charge time by 2 minutes
and 25 seconds by charging a 3 kWh pack to full in 12 minutes 35 seconds”, CEO Mark Hanchett stated.
Atlis Motor Vehicles selected an EVgo Level 3 DC fast charging station in the Phoenix area as a test site.
“This was the key to proving our technology - recharge times for batteries is still one of the largest
obstacles to wider adoption of electric vehicles.”
The prototype battery is a lithium-ion cell with a unique cooling system for optimum temperature
management. “Properly managing cell temperatures is still overlooked by many electric vehicle
manufacturers but is one of the most critical components to battery performance and longevity.
Ignoring temperature management, or just providing mild surface cooling of the cells is insufficient.”
Hanchett added.
The battery pack is part of Atlis’ prototype design and is capable of scaling in size to meet their
customer’s performance needs. The capacity of the test pack had to be kept low to ensure enough
power was available from the Level 3 DC charging station. Next steps for the prototype pack is to
integrate this design concept into Atlis Motor Vehicles’ XP platform currently in development.
About Atlis Motor Vehicles
Atlis Motor Vehicles - founded in 2016 by Mark Hanchett - is a startup automotive manufacturer based
in Mesa, Arizona which is focused on innovating and developing the first full-size battery-electric pickup
truck for the American market with their exclusive XT platform. Designed to provide the same
capabilities and reliability as the traditional American work truck by using electrification of the drivetrain
to fundamentally improve the overall experience. Atlis’ mission includes bettering the charging
ecosystem with an advanced charging solution providing fast and affordable 15-minute charge times.

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