Global Electric Vehicles Ltd. (GEVCO), along with partner Mira Ltd., has unveiled its affordable electric city car concept called the ECity. This is a vehicle aimed at alleviating an automaker's risk in developing its own technology and, thus, enabling manufacturers to sell an exciting range of battery-powered vehicles anywhere in the world. Okay, if that doesn't spell out the purpose of GEVCO's concept, then perhaps this will: GEVCO markets it city car as a "white label" vehicle. This implies that GEVCO and Mira develop and produce the electric vehicles, which in turn are bought by automakers and rebranded to appear as though the purchaser did all the dirty work. Got that? Good. Let's move on.
The GEVCO ECity concept features lightweight, recyclable materials, a composite body and seating for four. Its 916-kilogram (2,019-pound) curb weight (battery included) allows it to hit a top speed of 85 miles per hour and ramble down the road for 70 miles with the juice provided by its 15 kWh battery. Since the ECity is envisioned as a "white label" design, rebranded versions could differ significantly from the concept image. GEVCO also plans to offer a small electric delivery truck version, as well as a larger series hybrid variant called the EMode. The EMode weighs in at 3,331 pounds, tops out at 80 mph and offers 50 miles of electric range.
GEVCO's grand vision is to create a series of electric vehicles platforms, all of which will utilize lightweight, recyclable materials along with high-tech energy systems. These vehicles will enable major automakers to sell electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles at an affordable price in any country while also allowing many manufacturers to market a battery-powered auto before the competition. Sounds like a unique, and perhaps even lucrative, plan to us. Hit the jump to learn more about the affordable "white label" electric vehicle developed by Mira and Gevco, and while you're at it, check out the company's site. Hat tip to Andrew!