• Jul 18th 2010 at 6:34PM
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Epic Electric Vehicles Torq – Click above to watch video after the jump

It looks like Chris Anthony, an Aptera co-founder, is about to go truly epic in the electric vehicle universe. His company, Epic Boats has entered into a partnership with Caddo Manufacturing in Vivian, LA to not only make electric boats – Epic already makes a hybrid version of a wakeboard boat and introduced the all-electric 21se last January – but also expand into machines made for traveling terra firma as well. The San Diego-based CEO showed up in the Northeast corner of Louisiana last week with prototypes of its first two land vehicles, a topless road-going three-wheeler with seating for two called the Torq and an off-road ATV named the Amp.

While it's great to have a few more oil-free choices of recreational type vehicles, for local residents the best part of the arrangement is the arrival of jobs. Apparently having orders that urgently need filling, the companies are hiring about 200 people starting Monday and hope to create almost 500 positions altogether.

As for the two new vehicles, the preliminary specs look quite promising. Both use lithium iron phosphate (LiFePo4) battery packs developed by Flux Power, Anthony's other company. The Torq is said to offer 200 horsepower and should weigh 1,700 lbs with a pack holding between 24 and 30 kWh of energy. Performance figures are not yet available but it looks capable of dishing out a pretty wild ride – maybe it's those Cadillac-reminiscent headlight clusters.

The Amp looks even more aggro. It features a motor that can put out 54 hp, giving it a top speed just north of 50 miles per hour. Its 14.4 kWh battery pack is said to give it about 60 miles of range. Impressively, it offers 10 inches of ground clearance, is independently suspended front and back and uses hydraulic disc brakes to slow down. According to a new Epic website, we should hear more about these machines this fall. If you want an early glimpse, take a look past the break for footage from local station KSLA. Thanks to anonymouse for the tip!

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      • 5 Years Ago

      That is a REALLY big lithium pack on both of those vehicles for their price. I bet the Torq will get some impressive range with a 30KWh pack and it looks like a blast to drive.

      Like so many other EV introductions, time will tell with these.
      • 5 Years Ago
      interesting but I'm not liking the 3 wheels and I'm really not liking the cardboard stealth look.
      that's a real shame especially if it can perform similarly to the Tesla Roadster at 35k$.
      new body work is required
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't care how many wheels it has. I just care about where the center of gravity is related to where those wheels touch the road. For stability, not much else matters except the suspension setup.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a load of BS.... 268 horsepower and 664 pound feet of torque + a 60 kWh battery in a ski boat, the thing has the same spec as a Tesla Roadster and about the same price tag too, yet all the orders are coming from "overseas"? BS. This guy just builds a proto-type, releases a bunch of fake tech specs, puts up a web site and 'says' he's in production.
      • 5 Years Ago
      We have enough contraptions now for another running of "The Great Race"
      (Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon)
      • 5 Years Ago
      CTS headlamps look weird on that thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ok that one did go thru without any "confirmation posts" so back to the writing message.

      That Amp looks a lot like what I wanted to create for grocery shopping for housewifes. No need to do it yourself because all teenagers would use all excuses they can to "go shopping" for you ;-P. 60 mile range is even overkill for that purpose. Too bad it probably is not road-legal here.

      Same goes to that Epic-vehicle. No crumple zones, looks a bit unstable, very pedestrian-unfriendly shape. Maybe if you could register it as bike instead of a car, but I doubt that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Three wheels = motorcycle, not car.

        Now, if Chris takes the same approach he and the rest of the old Aptera team used back at Aptera, it'll probably have way more safety features than mandated by law for motorcycles. Of course, when you have an open top, there's only so much you can do.

        I guess we'll have to wait for more info to come out.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Three wheels is not necessary motorcycle. There are quite a few three-wheeled cars also. It could be more easily a bike if those seats were in tandem instead of side-by-side. And it would probably perform even better then (less A in CdA) and be more stable if you make it nearly as wide as a normal passenger car.

        To my eyes that looks like something someone could have build in Scrapheap Challenge by cutting a car in half and adding a bike engine and wheel at the back and then stripping that car-part and adding some chipboard covering in it to make it lighter. Ugly, unsafe and unstable, but probably fun to drive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Over on the Aptera forum, I noted that that the Tesla Roadster is ~2700lbs and has 288hp, compared to the Torq's ~1700lbs and 200+ hp.. So the Torq should be able to give a Roadster a run for its money -- at heck of a lot less than $110k ;). Pretty sweet. It'd be like driving a roller coaster around town.

      I'm guessing that that whole bellypan is full of batteries -- looks like it could hold them. If so, your CG would be *way* low down.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pretty wild. Build these babies already!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks cool, I want some video of that sport car. Could be a great weekend ride ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool ATV! It would be great to have one of these on our farm!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dizzle Dizzle! A double shizzle! I want both and a boat!
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