The price tag for the new EV Mini Sport single-seat electric vehicle from Tajima Motor Corp. reads ¥2,079,000 (that's about $23,024 U.S. at today's exchange rate). This isn't totally crazy for an electric vehicle, because we all know that advanced light and powerful batteries are pricey. Wait, what'd you say? That's the price without a battery? Ouch.

Unveiled as part of the 1st EV & HEV Drive System Technology Expo in Tokyo this week, the EV Mini Sport weighs just 660 pounds and can use either lead acid batteries (for $2,500 extra) or lithium polymer batteries (at an additional price of $4,300). Those packs will push the little racer around for 25 kilometers with the lead acids or all the way to 90 km (range rated at 40 kilometers an hour). The vehicle, technically a motorized bicycle, has a top speed of 70 kmh. Longer and two-seat versions are possible, should Tajima decide to export the EV Mini Sport outside of Japan. We admit it's pretty sweet, but $23k for a batteries-not-included toy? Wow. Check it out in the video after the break.

[Source: Tech On]


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