• May 27, 2009


On June 3rd, Miles EV will unveil their new, highway-speed all-electric 4-door sedan and offer up the first test rides. A new strategic partner for the automaker best know for its low-speed vehicles will also be named. Miles EV CEO Kevin Czinger will make the announcement in Santa Monica, and discuss future plans for the car, which won't carry the Miles EV name, and the company's new high-speed EV brand. The rebranding of the full-speed EV has been a long time coming (see here and here). For the history majors, Miles first mentioned a highway-speed sedan back in 2007 with the name Javlon XS500 and an expected price of $30,000.

While many details of the new car are still secret, we've heard rumors that the car will cost around $45,000 when it becomes available in limited quantities in early 2010. By the end of 2010, full sales should start, and Miles hopes to sell 20,000 units annually starting in 2011.

[Source: Miles]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a photochop (and a poor one)- it is not a picture of an actual car. Look at the hood opening near the nose. I would not take this as an indication of how much cooling the electric needs...

      For what the Chinese car this was based on looks like (albeit in black), look up higher on the blog for today for the post about the Chinese cash for clunkers progran.
      alexacoon
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the reason this car looks bad without a grill as it appears to be no more than a reworked ICE car; if this were designed for electric why would it need such a long, tall hood? there should be little need for anything over bumper hight with a gradual rise to the windshield; that should look a little better than this.
      As far as needing a gril for any car what happened to intakes below the bumper nearly unseen, remeber the early saturns, some firebirds and corvettes to name just a few.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @alexacoon
        The elevated front end on this and all other (new) cars is dictated by gov't regulations related to pedestrian impact safety.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hereby declare the question whether electic cars need air intakes or not as answered.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Note in the model shown, small air intakes just below the front bumper panels.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They need them.

        The electrical components still needs cooling, that's why your laptops have a grilled bottom: For letting cool air go in and hot air go out.

        Even so, there must to be some water cooled electrical systems that may need a radiator and it's respective air intake

        With the thermal expansion, electrical components loose efficiency and are prone to problems. Having a fully enclosed, air intake-less electric car, running at 80 mph sounds like a recipe to disaster to me.

        One advantage of the electric car is that several components can be placed in the best position for the cooling air flow.

        • 5 Years Ago
        It does kinda look like it needs some nostrils doesn't it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        leonjoramos, yes, electic cars need air intakes but efficiency of electic motors show the scale of how much less cooling they will need.

        Internal combustion engines waste ~70% as heat. Electric motors... about 15%.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That picture dates from the $35K car they were planning to offer earlier. I expect that their "new, highway-seed" that will be sold under "the company's new high-speed EV brand" will look considerably different.

      I never heard anyone (outside Miles) praise the looks of this thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If that ugly thing is what it takes to save the planet, I guess I'll be looking at bicycles soon!
      • 5 Years Ago
      At 30k I would probably buy it. . . 35 I would proabbly still buy it especially if u can get the 7k credit. At 45 I will wait for the Volt.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who is the strategic partner? China? They try to make it sound like it's an American car, but Miles is basically a sales organization for a Chinese company...

      Buying one of these cars just sacrifices more american jobs! Where do you think the money goes? It goes in some bankers and lawyers pockets and the rest goes to China...

      If you buy one of these, don't forget to run to your neighbor and slap him or her in the face...
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's only 'sacrificing' American jobs if there are American companies making comparable products. Are there?

        If there are not, then buying this car is sending a market signal that there should be.
      • 5 Years Ago
      $45,000? dang! At least it's highway speed capable (hopefully that means 80 mph+). Is that $45k after gov't rebates, or before? If it's before, then we can expect to only shell out around $35k, which is much more enticing. Come on Miles, make it happen.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, no way I'm dishing out $45 grand for one of these with the Model S in that range.
        A. I just don't have it
        B. I'd need more style points for $45,000 if I did
        It would be a better competitor for the Volt I think, although I might still go for the Volt ceteris paribus.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If it ends up costing almost as much as a Tesla model S, it won't sell well, as the model S will probably have better performance, better reliability, and of course, much better looks.
      ozyran440
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let's hope they don't pull a GM with this and crush it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You can get a brand new Mercedes-Benz for under $45k.150 miles? Whoopty do.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How can a novel car maker without any credentials sell an ugly car at 45000 $ ???
      A flop in the making ! If you see what cars there are on the market for 45 grand ... or should you chose this above a BMW328 or a Cadillac CTS?
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