Dynasty Motorcar Unviels IT Prototype EV
Kelowna, BC - Dynasty Motorcar Corporation unveiled the first prototype of their new electric low-speed vehicle (LSV) today at a press conference for local, regional and national media. Designated IT(, the vehicle will make its debut at the North Carolina International Auto Expo 2001 in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, March 1-4.
The IT( vehicle, scheduled to begin full production during the second quarter of this year, is an advanced modular LSV, which will provide a viable non-polluting transportation alternative to certain types of fossil-fueled vehicle.
"Dynasty Motorcar Corporation has put together a team whose reputation speaks for itself and we are proud to give our media friends a close look at IT( before the launch in North Carolina," said Barry Good, Chairman of Dynasty Motorcar Corporation. "We believe the quality, versatility and value represented by this vehicle and the ability of our dealer network to meet the needs of LSV customers before and after the sale will ensure a successful launch and long-term growth for Dynasty Motorcar Corporation."
The design and styling of IT( is the creation of Paul Deutschman of Montreal Quebec, whose designs are known worldwide.
"Several million dollars, months of research, comprehensive testing, marketing studies, and focus groups with distributors and customers have gone into the development of this product," said Glen Ashdown, Vice President Engineering, Dynasty Motorcar Corporation.
The new IT( sedan model will have a wheelbase of 90 inches (2286 mm); a length of 140 inches (3556 mm); width of 60 inches (1524 mm) and a curb weight of 1450 pounds (653 kg). The frame is constructed of lightweight aluminum and the body is created with Infusion Molded Fiberglas(. All windshields and windows are constructed with laminated safety glass and bumpers are constructed of rotationally molded plastic.
The model is powered by a 72V-advanced DC electric motor with a Curtis 1274 Motor Controller and a SPS Electronics DC-DC Converter. Six 12V Trojan 30XHS traction batteries, one12V Trojan 24THS accessory battery and a ZIVAN 110 VAC (optional 220 VAC) charger completes the power system.
Speed ranges for IT( includes a turf speed of 12 mph (19 kph); road speed of 25 mph (40 kph) with a range of up to 30 miles or 48.3 kilometers. Wheel size is 13 inches in diameter (330 mm) with a 4-wheel independent suspension, McPherson front struts and rear coil/over shocks.
Safety features include three-point anchored seat belts, side indicators and reflectors, windshield de-mist and rearview and side mirrors. The lighting system includes high-visibility brake and taillights, backup light with alarm, halogen headlights with hi/lo beams and self-canceling turn signals with four-ways. Standard in every model is a battery level indicator and front disc/rear drum braking.
"Dynasty Motorcar Corporation plans to introduce the new IT( model into markets with a growing need for LSVs," said Howard Wilson, Vice President Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Dynasty Motorcar Corporation. "In particular, the growth of "gated communities" in the United States is key in reaching a market niche that demands a new type of transportation, something between a golf cart and a gasoline fueled car. IT( is perfect for this particular niche."
ABOUT DYNASTY AND LSV's Founded in 1998, Dynasty is currently headquartered in Kelowna, British Columbia. Dynasty commenced design of a low speed electric vehicle in late 1999 and plans to introduce several models of an advanced LSV in 2001. These zero emission LSVs are targeted at the recreational and light commercial niche markets such as destination resorts, gated communities, universities and various institutional and vocational users. Today, LSVs are licensed in over 30 U.S. states and approval of a new LSV vehicle classification by Transport Canada was received in August 2000. Further information regarding Dynasty Motorcar Corporation can be accessed via their website at www.dynastymotorcar.com.
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