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Sometimes it seems like we write about another EV startup company every day here on AutoblogGreen. And yet we apparently can't keep up with all of them. Just yesterday, the day we featured the Evette, AutoblogGreen reader Chris Nelson reminded us about Commuter Cars, the maker of the Tango. We've mentioned the Tango once here, noting that George Clooney owns one. But the tiny Tango deserves another look. In some aspects, it's got what the Tesla Roadster's got (zero tailpipe emissions, zero to 60 in 4 seconds), but in a lot of ways it's a vastly different car (take a look at the size for the most obvious difference). The Tango looks like an enclosed motorcycle, and Commuter Cars is more than willing to promote that association. The company suggests lane splitting in the Tango as a way to get through traffic jams, and the company website links to a California government FAQ that says lane splitting is indeed legal (when you're on a motorcycle). Any other small EV companies out there we've missed?

[Source: Commuter Cars, hat tip to Chris Nelson]


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      • 5 Months Ago
      RE: "Hybrid Technologies" ( http://www.hybridtechnologies.com) looks interesting, but I notice that they are publicly traded, and their stock appears to be on a downward trend, currently around $4/share. A couple of years ago, the stock was over $15/share, so I'm kinda wondering what has happened there. Guess I could buy some shares and find out...
      • 5 Months Ago
      These guys are on the move again. Think has been taken over by Norwegian investors after it went bust under the ownership of Pakistani/Swiss company Kamcorp which acquired the company from Ford.

      http://www.think.no/


      These guys are developing and manufacturing an old Danish design.

      http://www.elbilnorge.no/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=7&bakgrunn=english
      • 5 Months Ago
      It does say what the range is and there is a seat for a passenger.

      Headroom: 39" driver and passenger.
      Range: 40-80 miles maximum with Lead-Acid batteries
      60-160 miles maximum with NiMH batteries

      This vehicle is actually rather interesting if it lives up to what they promise.
      • 5 Months Ago
      Hey there! Those cars look awesome! I am amazed at how fast the development is for green cars. So the hypercar concept wasnt that far fetched after all! I wrote about a shop that converts cars into greencar types, and since youre the auto expert, I would appreciate hearing your thoughts about it!

      the url of that post is http://www.ifenergy.com

      thanks!
      • 5 Months Ago
      I went through the website at Commuter Cars, and I found a lot of bragging about performance, but absolutely no word about charge range, charge time, or expected maximum cycles.

      The
      • 5 Months Ago
      My comment was truncated (I think the problem was the insertion of a special character): The price of less than $19k is nice, if it's for real, but does not indicate the total cost of ownership. Also, it is not clear whether this vehicle will carry more than one person, or if it must be licensed as a motorcycle. There is certainly not enough information on the website to inspire *me* to send in a $500 deposit, refundable or not.
      • 5 Months Ago
      The second production Tango T600 is underway. Its carbon fiber body was finished last month, the stainless steel chassis was finished today, and the chrome-moly roll cage will be built next week.
      • 5 Months Ago
      Great post (again its me!) Hey when will these cars ever be available in Asia?

      • 5 Months Ago
      http://freeenergynews.com/Directory/EV/index.html

      Also, I don't know if you've covered it before, but a California company called "Hybrid Technologies" converts existing I.C.E. cars to EV. Jay Leno last year bought a Chrysler Crossfire EV (called the "R-Car" from them. They also supplied a converted Mini Cooper to the British Embassy in Mexico City. http://www.hybridtechnologies.com/products.php
      • 5 Months Ago
      What do you know about this?

      http://www.studebakermotorcompany.com/index.phtml
      http://www.studebakermotorcompany.com/Vehicles.phtml

      It does not say electric car, but that is what I've been told. They are posting claims of 1500 mile ranges. Has AutoBlog covered this?