The Triton Solar Model H Takes Aim At Tesla With a 700-Mile Range, 15,000 LB Towing Capacity
This eight-seater can also tow up to 15,400 pounds!by Sidd Dhimaan, on
New Jersey-based Triton Solar has just hit the news with a groundbreaking vehicle that could beat Tesla’s ass out of the water, and by extension, all the other EVs on sale today. The company is clearly out there to take on the king of the jungle and made its intentions clear by naming the SUV ‘Model H”.
This performance SUV has a 700-mile range, a 15,000-pound towing capacity, and churns out a 1,000 horses. Will Triton mass-produce this concept, or is it just all talk and no action?
Is the Triton Solar Model H Based The Cadillac Escalade?
Triton Solar has been into offering energy solutions for the last eight years. One of its ‘diversifications’ includes electric vehicles, and this SUV is a result of that. Triton released the images of an eight-seat SUV which it calls the Model H.
The Model H has an uncanny resemblance to the Cadillac Escalade.
Up front, four square LED lights in a cluster each make for the headlights. There is honeycomb mesh detailing all over the face. It rides on big black wheels, presumably 21-inch ones, housed in square wheel arches. It also seems to feature suicide doors. This breadbox on wheels has a flat rear with undefined taillights. Not one of the smartest designs out there, but it sure is attention-grabbing.
While it looks a lot like the Cadillac Escalade, there’s no evidence to suggest it’s actually related.
How Much Power Does The Triton Model H Generate?
The company says that it plans to reveal the Model H in two trims – base Model H and Model H Performance. Both trims will come with a four-motor setup and standard all-wheel-drive system.
Triton claims that the base Model H will make around 1,000 horses, whereas the Performance trim will make about 1,500 ponies.
Torque figures were not revealed. The company, however, claims that the SUV can sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in 2.9 seconds.
What Is The Model H’s Battery Capacity and How Much Range Does It Offer?
Being in the energy business for the better part of the decade, Triton doesn’t have to rely on a third party for batteries. The batteries used in the Model H are sourced from the company’s proprietary technology.
The base trim will come with a 150-kWh battery pack, whereas the Model H Performance will receive power from a 200-kWh pack.
Thanks to this, the SUV will come with an estimated range of 700 miles on a single charge. The closest range to this that we’ve heard is from the Gumpert Nathalie that is based on fuel-cell technology and can go up to 745 miles before nourishing itself again.
|Trims available||base-level and Performance|
|Battery Pack||150 kWh/200 kWh|
|Range||500 miles/700 miles|
|Towing Capacity||15,400/26,000 pounds|
|0-60 mph||2.9 seconds in Performance trim|
Is Triton’s Technology More Efficient Than Tesla’s In Colder Climates?
The company has ‘Solar’ in its name so we expected it to feature solar panels. But, as of now, there are no solar panels on the SUV. However, Triton hasn’t ruled it out. The roof is made up of 90-percent glass and it can accommodate a 700-Watt solar panel system that would take care of the air conditioning and other auxiliary equipment.
How Much Can the Triton Solar Model H Tow?
Due to the heavy battery packs, the Triton Model H weighs 7,700 pounds with the 200-kWh pack and 5,300 pounds with the smaller one.
Things don’t end here. The Model H can also tow as much as a conventional heavy-duty truck that’s on sale today. Triton has rated the towing capacity at 15,400 pounds, but Autoblog claims that that the base trim can tow up to 15,400 pounds, whereas the Performance trim can tow up to 26,000 pounds. This is absolutely nuts even on paper. The company also adds that the SUV will ride on an air suspension setup. The aerodynamics and cooling needs are taken care of by electronic vents.
How Long Does Charging the Triton Solar Model H Take?
The outlet further claims that in a conversation with the company’s founder and chairman Himanshu Patel, it found out that the Model H will have two-way functionality with Triton Solar’s Pandora Box energy storage system, which has a built-in EV charger. That means owners could plug the Model H into the box and provide energy for the house, in the case of an emergency. There is no word on charging times as of now.
The Interior Is Plush and Premium
The cabin looks uber-luxurious as well. Triton says the cabin can comfortably seat eight people and offer 200 cubic feet of cargo space. The middle-row passengers receive individual screens as well as a full-fledged center console. You can also see a wireless charging pad here. Ambient lighting, perforated leather, and textured door pads make for other interesting elements inside the cabin.
How Much Does The Triton Model H Cost?
Coming to the price of the Triton, it is expensive, but not exorbitantly or outrageously high considering the specs and features on offer. The base model starts at $140,000 and the Performance model at $180,000. Patel said that the early birds will receive the Performance trim at the price of the base Model H. The SUV is available for pre-order now.
The company also said that with a $5,000 deposit, the first 100 customers will receive a Founder’s Edition that will have "unique additions to the standard specifications which shall never be manufactured again." However, you’ll have the pay the remaining $135,000 within the next five business days via a wire transfer. Triton is offering a 10-year/150,000-mile warranty on the Model H. How’s that to instil your faith in the brand?
The Triton Model H is one of the best EVs (on paper) that we’ve seen lately. The SUV has everything – strong performance, long range, fantastic tow ratings, plush interior, and an impressive warranty plan. For all the specs, the price is justified. I’m skeptical about the charging times since the company has not said anything about fast charging or the time it takes to charge from a domestic outlet. We’ll perhaps soon hear about that along with the production timeline and when we can expect the SUV. The company was also working on a sports car called F4 before shifting its focus on the Model H. Triton will let out the details of that one in the next four months.
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