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HST International and Tjaarda Design have announced a new partnership that they say will "change the face of electric cars." Actually, what's going on here is that the partnership is changing whats under the hood of two iconic vehicles, the Mustang and the Shelby Cobra. As we learned when we spoke with Michael Kadie and Ed Monfort late last year, these conversions aren't going to be cheap, but the Tjaarda EVX Mustang and the HST Shelby Cobra EVX will certainly turn heads. The vehicles will be on display this weekend at the 34th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach's "Green Power Prix-View" (Prix-View. Get it?) and can now be ordered from HST.

These lithium ion phosphate-loving EVs can both do 0-60 in under four seconds and go over 100 miles per charge (when you're light on the pedal most of the time, I'm guessing) with an operating cost of just three cents a mile. But who's counting when you spend $80,000 (Mustang) or $125,000 (Cobra) on the car in the first place? More details after the break.




Press Release:

HST International - Tjaarda Design Alliance Changes Face of Electric Cars

'Electric Muscle(TM)' on display at Long Beach 'Green Power Prix-View'

SAN DIEGO, APRIL 16 /PRNewswire/ -- HST International has announced a partnership with Tjaarda Design that will change the face of electric cars. The designs that will define the next generation of "Electric Muscle(TM)", the Tjaarda EVX Mustang and HST Shelby Cobra EVX, will premiere at the 34th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach's "Green Power Prix-View" on April 18-20.

The Mustang EVX and HST Shelby Cobra EVX prove that electric cars can be environmentally friendly as well as winners on the track and in the looks department. While designed for different purposes, both cars are true zero emission vehicles and feature 300-horsepower electric motors using lithium iron phosphate battery packs developed by K2 Energy Solutions. With 1000 ft/lbs of torque @ 0 rpm, they have the capability to do 0-60 in less than four seconds and a range of over 100 miles.

"We're excited to be bringing these vehicles to market because they're head turners and so much fun to drive," says Tod Boretto, president of HST International. "But more than that, this is a long-term initiative and a unique opportunity on several levels. We do not believe any other manufacturer is bringing together this level of design, performance and green technology today."

The Tjaarda EVX Mustang is designed to be driven daily -- which, with its ability to do 0-60 in 3.9 seconds is no hardship. With a top speed of 120 mph and a range of 110 miles between charges, its estimated operating cost is 3 cents/mile. The exterior is a modern version of a muscle car era classic Mustang, but under the hood it's a green dream.

The HST Shelby Cobra EVX has the capability to run 0-60 in 3.2 seconds, a top speed of 150 mph and a range of 120 miles, depending on driving habits. With on-board recharging, it requires 3 1/2 hours/220V and 8 hours/110V. Estimated operational cost is 3 cents/mile.

"Tom Tjaarda's place in automotive design history -- from the Ferrari 365 GT California Spider to the Fiat 124 Spyder -- will ensure that these cars continue to drop jaws for their looks as well as their performance," adds Boretto.

The Tjaarda EVX Mustang starts at $80,000 and the Cobra at $125,000, with a range of options available for both vehicles. They will be on display in booth #2104 at the Green Power Prix-View from April 18-20, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Tjaarda EVX Mustang and HST Shelby Cobra EVX will next be featured at NBC's World Series of Golf in May.

San Diego-based HST International uses high-technology engineering and manufacturing to address specialized needs in the automotive industry. Through its alliance partnerships with K2 Energy, Torino International and Tjaarda Design, HST International develops products that achieve the highest levels of quality, innovation and performance. For additional information, go to http://www.hstauto.com/

[Source: HST International]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      If Michael Kadie is in on this, then be prepared for some bumps... He hasn't been in the EV communuity long. He took his savings and built ONE car, that doesn't make him an expert. He hacked together some A123 batteries, zilla controller and a netgain motor for his Daytona Kit car, now he's trying to sell the "system" to the guy that does car modifications?

      I'm not sure what to think... seeing Kadie's car at the John Wayland 10th Annual Invitational wasn't that impressive. over 13 seconds and 95mph... true it wasn't "tuned" and he even said himself he's not a great driver... but I don't know if those numbers are vapor or if they're real.

      And I'm not sure if they've redesigned their own system. Its far from a Tesla... but then again he has money to throw at his car. If its what is in his Daytona, $80k is a bit much. just the netgain and zilla are 8 grand, another 30k for the car, so thats 42k for labor and batteries?

      Wonder if he's planning on buying quantity dewalts for his "conversions"? hahahaha
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have a question. I own two 1996 Ford Windstar’s that are wheelchair accessible as I'm paralyzed from about the shoulders down. I have doctor appointments that I keep putting off because I can't afford the current fuel costs. Have you ever converted a van before? Both of my vans are in 'like new' condition from living in Arizona and that means their both free of any rust.

      Also, do you know of any grants that could help pay for a conversion because I've yet to win the lottery...

      Any help you can be in ANY ASPECTS would be more than just appreciated.

      Thank you very much.

      Sincerely,

      Bruce Walz
      6568 Farmstead Road
      Prescott Valley, Arizona 86314
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have a question. I own two 1996 Ford Windstar's that are wheelchair accessible as I'm paralyzed from about the shoulders down. I have doctor appointments that I keep putting off because I can't afford the current fuel costs. Have you ever heard of a van being converted before? Both of my vans are in 'like new' condition from living in Arizona and that means their both free of any rust.

      Also, do you know of any grants that could help pay for a conversion because I've yet to win the lottery...

      Any help you can be in ANY ASPECTS would be more than just appreciated. The transmission is going out on one van, the other I have a new engine for.

      Thank you very much, for the first time it feels as if my world is collapsing upon me and to be 100% truthful, I’m scared.

      Sincerely,

      Bruce Walz
      Prescott Valley, Arizona
      • 7 Years Ago
      If people want to complain about the costs, complain to the regulators-- the Naders and the rest of the safety-over-sanity nuts. Cars are getting heavier and heavier, not by actual need, but by addition of rules upon rules upon rules.

      I can buy and drive a Pinto, or better yet a motorcycle, and some guy with too much time on his hands gets to tell me what new car is safe or unsafe for me to drive? Thanks, I can decide for myself.

      And we'd be able to choose, we'd have more than a few car companies, we'd have electric options already, if that were the case. The Commuter Car's been running for years.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wasn't going to respond because I don't care how many of the vehicles I'm credited for (although for the record there are 4 at long beach grand prix and two torn apart for parts at my house).

      The thing that is import is the car. First it is $80,000 plus a donor mustang. Second it include a tjaarda body kit (designer behind the Pantera among other cars), upgraded body kit, show quality paint job (which cost $8000 on my Daytona), custom water resistant cnc cases, integration into ford computer and cluster, an electric drive train that I like, 15-20 kw/hr of K2 lithium iron phosphate batteries (professionally put together), upgraded italian leather interior, working airbag system, and all in all a whole lot of time, research, and money. And the funny thing is it cost about the same as the super-charger / style / suspension kits for the Mustang.

      So what I'm saying is why am I even writing this? If you saw my car in Portland you know the numbers aren't vapor and you know that I had never driven down the drag strip before and if you check out the videos on my website you know that I have improved significantly. OH I am saying this because there is a lot to the Mustang and I certainly encourage those people with the time and talent to convert any car they want they will save and enormous amount on labor the is just more to the tjaarda Mustangs than a zilla, 11", and expensive batteries.
      • 7 Years Ago
      New technology will always start out expensive. Always has, always will.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, making an electric car that only the freaking rich can afford....and it seems that the freaking rich are buying Hummers. Again..I ask...if they are serious about changing the automotive industry, or if they want to make electric cars purposefully out of reach to the majority of people who want them?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have a question. I own two 1996 Ford Windstar's that are wheelchair accessible as I'm paralyzed from about the shoulders down. I have doctor appointments that I keep putting off because I can't afford the current fuel costs. Have you ever heard of a van being converted before? Both of my vans are in 'like new' condition from living in Arizona and that means their both free of any rust.

      Also, do you know of any grants that could help pay for a conversion because I've yet to win the lottery...

      Any help you can be in ANY ASPECTS would be more than just appreciated. The transmission is going out on one van, the other I have a new engine for.

      Thank you very much, for the first time it feels as if my world is collapsing upon me and to be 100% truthful, I’m scared.

      Sincerely,

      Bruce Walz
      Prescott Valley, Arizona
      • 7 Years Ago
      now i just need to save up $75000 more to get the mustang =)