• Sep 4th 2007 at 11:12AM
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We've already covered the Italian-designed Kurrent built in Michigan by American Electric Vehicle. An English company is preparing to use the same design and build it in Britain. Future Vehicles will produce the Elettrica to take on the popular if easily "compacted" G-Wiz. Unlike the Kurrent, which uses lead gel batteries to achieve a forty mile range, the Elettrica will use lithium ion batteries to bump the range to seventy miles.

As we found out when we toured the AEV factory the Kurrent and
Elettrica use a steel egg-shell cage for extra strength and the Kurrent has even been crash tested. In the wake of crash tests of the G-Wiz, safety will be one the selling points of the Elettrica which will go for £12,750 inc VAT (value-added-tax).

[Source: Basic Transportation, thanks to Alex for the tip]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm a great fan of electric cars - but I'm afraid I have to agree with the skepics on this one - too ugly, too limited and too expensive. At half the price it might sell - at the quoted price I think they'll be lucky find more than a very small handful of buyers. Most of us will wait for something better - especially as we are now so close to seeing practical affordable mass-produced electric cars from Mitsubishi (the iMiEV) and Subaru (the R1e).
      • 7 Years Ago
      Pounds, Shumonds, Man! When you're talkin' costs/prices, we need to know how much it is in Dollars, Dude!
      • 8 Years Ago
      13k?! No chance!

      Try 5 or 6 thousand and you might see me buying one just for toodling around town and down to the shops, keeping a real car for longer journeys.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Who would even think about spending nearly £13k on such an ugly limited range car?

      I think Tesla Motors has the right idea by starting at the high end and working their way down.