Some electric vehicles (EVs) are designed to look pretty much like regular vehicles. Examples A and B here are the Chevrolet Volt and the Coda sedan. This is a conscious bid intended to lure customers into the EV market and ease the transition with cars that say, "Hey, check me out! I look just like your family car, except I'm electric." Then there are cars like the Tesla Roadster and the Fisker Karma, which are styled to to seduce all the supercar enthusiasts who have green leanings. Joining the mix soon is an electric vehicle in a category all its own.

The Takayanagi Miluira Retro EV is a throwback to the 1920s. The 770-pound Japanese one-seater, with a top speed of 37 miles per hour, is meant to be a city car. The lead-acid batteries will give it a range of about 22 miles. With a price tag of $75,000 and 'retro' batteries (what, no lithium-ion for that price?), the Miluira will most likely appeal most to collectors. Anyone think we'll soon be seeing Jay Leno driving one of these beauties?

[Source: TreeHugger | Image: Takayanagi]


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