Will Atlis expand into other types of vehicles such as passenger cars?
We believe in sticking to what interests us, and more importantly what the industry is most interested in. Car sales are declining while trucks and SUVs are increasing. We have no intention of developing an electric passenger car at this time. We may consider other types of work vehicles, pursuing other styles that may make sense on our platform such as vans.
Where will you be selling your truck?
We plan for you to be able to purchase and receive your Atlis Motor Vehicles XT pickup truck within any of the 50 United States when we begin shipping. We do not currently have a plan to sell internationally immediately following the launch, however, we are working on proposals for certain international markets and will provide more details in the future. Where we focus our efforts will depend on the opportunity in other regions.
How will you interact with the service and aftermarket communities?
Atlis Motor Vehicles understands that trucks are tools for you to customize to your needs. As such, we want to work with the aftermarket community to make sure you can configure your XT pickup to do the jobs you need. We also support the concept of right-to-repair and plan to ensure that the proper diagrams and diagnostic tools are available to owners and certified service facilities.
What will you do for the legal blocks to your plans, such as direct sales in certain states, and digital mirrors which aren't legal in the US?
We understand that the legal landscape is constantly changing and that new technology and business models are often ahead of the law. Of course, Atlis Motor Vehicles must work within the current laws but we always have our eye on the future. Tesla - and others - are already fighting some legal battles which should benefit Atlis Motor Vehicles and others to follow as well. If the laws haven't changed when we're ready then we plan to implement alternate options that are in compliance.
How will you compete with other EV startups, Tesla, and Ford who may also be planning electric pickup trucks?
There is no full-size battery-electric production pickup truck in existence to date, nor are any of them on the near-term production horizon for the next couple of years. There are a few players who have made a variety of announcements, but the market is still wide open. Atlis Motor Vehicles always welcomes competition as it drives innovation for everyone. The pickup truck market in America is a very large market with many sub-segments, and it is still growing so we believe there is a great opportunity for disruptive technologies like our own.
How will your batteries handle 15-minute charge times, when nobody else is doing it?
Current battery technology can support charging at a 4C rate (15-minute full charge) and already does so (and more) in a variety of consumer industries. Batteries rated at 4C are readily available from numerous manufacturers. Hyundai EVs have had over 2C charging rates for years, and the upcoming Audi and Porsche vehicles will be approaching 4C rates as well. The problem isn't so much the batteries, but when assembling these batteries into a large battery pack for an EV then other problems arise such as thermal management, and ability to transfer current through a human-manageable cable and connector. These are the issues that Atlis is working to solve.