They choose the diminutive two-seater mainly because it fulfills its limited city-car mission well, and with the price of gas relatively low, they can be picked up slightly used for $10,000 or less. Since the main expense in electric vehicle (EV) projects is typically the battery, EVTV plans on building a small pack using budget lithium cells from Thunder Sky. The plan is to give it a 50-mile range – they argue the Fortwo is a lousy long-distance car anyway – but install a hefty charger so it can be resupplied with juice rather quickly.
The planned drivetrain will include a 30 kW (40.23 horsepower) AC induction motor that puts out 66.38 pound feet of torque (continuous) and should accelerate better than the original three cylinder and go faster than the Smart ED that Daimler will allow you to lease for $31,252 and give back after four years. Sound good? Check out the video on their blog for more details.