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Unveiling the Electric SUT with the Begleys

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Ed and Rachelle at the unveiling...Ecorazzi headed over to the Peterson Auto Museum in Los Angeles yesterday to watch the unveiling of Phoenix Motorcar’s new Sport Utility Truck. We ate hors d’ ouevres, checked out a cool car, and definitely chatted it up with a few celebs on the green carpet.

Of course we spoke with one of our faves, Ed Begley Jr., who was co-hosting the event. “Ecorazzi! We love you!” Says Begley. He was super excited to be introducing the latest and greatest electric vehicle to the world, “I’ve been driving electric cars since the 1970’s but they were slow back then, they weren’t that safe back then, didn’t go that far back then, they’ve come along way. They were nothing like what we have today with this pickup truck, it goes 90 mph, it’s fast, big cargo truck, seats five. It’s a terrific car, and the batteries will be lasting a long time, maybe even longer than the car!”

Begley’s wife, Rachelle Carson, talked a little eco-fashion: “I’m carrying a vegan purse, and I didn’t have to sacrifice style. I was going to wear a bamboo dress, but I just couldn’t get the rest of the outfit together.” Rachel sported her Helen and Riegle vegan purse with a sleek black suit, and an “activist chic” camouflage tank with a rhinestone peace sign.

Daryl Hannah at the Phoenix Motorcars EventThe very green and glam Daryl Hannah was cruising the event and doing some work for her earth friendly vlog DH Love Life. She tells Ecorazzi, “I’m doing a video blog on electric cars, I’m excited to drive it and shoot it, too.”

It was the perfect event for us to meet Chris Paine, Director of Who killed Electric Car. He attended with activist J. Karen Thomas, both of whom were thrilled to see a new electric vehicle on the market. “The last time we came here, we saw the EV1 in the basement. It was dead and we included it in our movie. We’re excited to be here to see a real electric car that people can buy.”

When the sheet was finally yanked off the truck, the VIP and celebrity-studded crowd flocked to get their hands on the wheel. As Phoenix promised, it is a “real car for real people,” that can carry a full load of passengers and payload, and still cruise down highway 5. Plus, 45k doesn’t sound too steep for a brand new pimped out electric pickup! Seems that Phoenix Motorcars gets a little help from their gas guzzling competitors in the auto industry – because P.M. makes zero emission vehicles they can trade their emission credits to conventional automotive manufacturers, which helps bring down the price of the truck.

The Phoenix Electric SUTOnly a limited number of vehicles will be available to select consumers in 2006 (the rest are going to be fleet cars). To be considered for the truck, send your info to waitinglist@phoenixmotorcars.com. Or save up your soy milk money until 2008 when the consumer versions will hit the market. You can also hit up their website here.

A special thanks to world traveling Rebecca Dadson for being our super star green carpet ‘razzi photographer.

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