• Aug 25th 2010 at 9:29AM
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Epic EV Torq – Click above for high-res image gallery

While Epic Electric Vehicles have said they will reveal more about their somewhat eccentric lineup this autumn, they must have felt a little sorry for those of us impatiently waiting because they have just dropped a big fat juicy photo bomb. While (obviously) lacking in hard numbers, the pics do reveal a certain amount of interesting details about the vehicles.

The Torq images confirm our first impressions – this is a bare bones racy three-wheel roadster that, despite a few rough edges, looks like a whole lot of fun. The power appears to go to the front wheels, limiting concerns about traction, with disc brakes at all four three corners providing stopping ability. The Flux Power battery packs make a line down the center of the car, forming a "T" with modules behind the seats.

The interior is spartan, save for two cup holders separated by an iPhone stand. The flat-bottomed Momo racing wheel is devoid of buttons while controls for turn signals and lights are in a module to the drivers left. Of course, having no windshield means no need for wipers or their switches. Speed and other necessary info is located on a small screen straight ahead of the driver. Ironically, the unit in the prototype has a vestigial light to warn if your engine oil is low. Another display is located in the center of the dash that appears to give readings from the battery pack and motor. Hit the jump for more.

[Source: Epic Electric Vehicles]

The Epic EV Amp looks, for the most part, pretty awesome. Its aggressive stance, coupled with four wheel drive capability – it can switch from rear wheel drive to all four at the push of a button – and the torque characteristics of electric drive make it capable of climbing a wall, as we saw demonstrated on video in our original post. The photos also reveal that this off-road machine began its life in China.

Not that that is necessarily bad, as it should help keep the price tag reasonable. Since being shipped here, the Amp has undergone a bit of a makeover. We're pretty sure the suspension has been beefed up considerably with Fox shocks added to cushion the ride, in addition to being fitted with an electric drivetrain. The vehicle also boasts the same Momo wheel as its road-going cousin and has an LCD screen in the driver's line of sight with current speed and other info displayed. Interestingly, it has a shifter and a clutch pedal, which likely means it retains the original five forward gears and reverse.

It should be interesting to watch video of the Amp and Torq in action or, better yet, to take a spin in them ourselves. Pictures may be worth a thousand words but nothing can replace a buckled-in, hands-on-wheel, right-foot-down experience. If that should happen, you'll be the first to hear about it.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      About 3 weeks ago, one of them (Epic EV) appeared at a local gas station near home (Brazil), I felt like stopping there ever time I passed by. It looks so damm sexy in orange!
      I'll stop by this week to try to get some info on weight or engine, also I'll take some pics. And send to autoblog or post here...
      Kinda of disappointed it has an electric engine... Imagine it with a flat four-turbo
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hard to take a company called "Epic" seriously. If this were the 90s, would it have been called "Extreme?" I will admit though, that blue buggy looks pretty fun.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The headlights looked better on the CTS
      • 5 Years Ago
      id rather have the 65 mustang.
        • 3 Years Ago
        In the world we live in right now the cost of gas as well as its shortage will forever determine what our grandchildren will face. I was so looking forward to the Aptera coming out of its shell and into the real world that I started saving up for its release in Florida whenever that was. The demise of that answer to our energy and American business future came as a bomb to my hopes of what we could achieve here. Given the other alternatives to energy beyond fossil fuels, hydrogen, solar, wind this is the only one sustainable for the transportation of goods and people. Hydrogen is burning water, a finate source like oil but unlike oil it is essential to life. God forgive us if we, as a generation, do not cure this human addiction to oil. Make no mistake that wars and human suffering will be a direct result if we do nothing. Shame on you APTERA. Like EV 1 you had the answer and dropped it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Dune buggy is neat looking, but not so enamored with the other.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. Wouldn't want my head to encounter the top of that dashboard. May as well mount a meat cleaver there...yikes!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oil Light? Where do you put oil in an electric vehicle?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I hope you're kidding. You do realize an electric motor has moving parts, right?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone see that picture and immediately think Pole Position? No? Alright...ill go back to my rock.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow the three wheeler looks like a bathtub with caddy lights. I like the idea, but the design is just horrible. I would definitely take the buggy over the reverse trike as it sits now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Eff an iPhone!! Who would want to be screwing around with that when you are in the driver's seat of this beast?! Really???!!! An iPhone stand?? EVs like these are great!!!!

      Just for the record Android>iOS (and I have a Nokia 2610 but have had ample time with both)
        • 5 Years Ago
        You can't ever be happy with something can you? The car doesn't have an in-dash SatNav, but it has an iPhone holder. The iPhone (especially the new 4 which comes with a GPS) has SatNav apps. So by your theory, you should like this. Because technically it's a SatNav you can take with you out of the car, which is what you like if I remember correctly.

        Oh wait, you're just being your negative self. You just wanted something to complain about like you always do. I mean this is the type of car you like. A stripped down performance car with none of the weight-adding luxury items.
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