What the world apparently needs now, according to the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Terry McAuliffe, is a U.S.-made, low-speed electric vehicle. Yes, in the age of the Nissan Leaf and the Mitsubishi i, Greentech Automotive began building the MyCar in Horn Lake, MS on November 11th. McAuliffe says that his car has one big advantage: "We have some great electric cars out there, but they are expensive. I want the masses to be able to buy our car." Of course, even though the website repeatedly mentions that the MyCar is afforadable, it doesn't seem to give an actual price for the car. Charlottesville Tomorrow says the car will costbetween $10,000 and $17,000, depending on how big the lithium-ion battery pack is. Different sizes give the car a range of anywhere between 40 and 100 miles. We've asked GTA to share more detailed information with us, and will let you know when we get a response.

In any case, the MyCar has a top speed of 45 miles per hour (which will be legally limited to 25 or 35 mph, depending on state law). It's also polite. The MyCar website says, "No highway driving, please." That comes later. Greentech Automotive has expressed plans to build "fully NHTSA- and EPA-certified, full-speed, all-road vehicles" at some point down the road, should things pan out. Things are off to a good start, with the 110 or so vehicles that GTA will make in its first year of production already sold to a buyer in Denmark.


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      Nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish it had been stylized by a design professional, and much cheaper. I am also hoping for a cheap Tango EV..
      skierpage
      • 3 Years Ago
      As reported here on ABG, good-old "Make s**t u as we go along" Pike Research said in June 2011 "the total number of NEVs on the world's roadways will grow from 479,000 in 2011 to 695,000 by 2017, a 45% increase. During that period, the cleantech market intelligence firm forecasts that annual NEV sales will rise from 37,000 vehicles to nearly 55,000 units by 2017, and North America will account for 45% of annual sales." I'm surprised NEV & golf cart sales are at 37,000 annually today. I know Pike is wrong about the future, but are they wrong about the present? I think if GTA came out with a "San Andreas" or "Vice City" model it would sell well to carjacking fans; Grand Theft Auto already offers the ProLaps Caddy golf cart.
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think NEVs will have a role to play. But they need to get away from the lead-acid batteries. And the laws need to allow at least 35mph. 25 mph is way too slow.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      wait a minute, is it eligible for the tax rebate? that couldn't hurt sales at 10k
      goodoldgorr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too small a car, even if it was free many many drivers will skip that and pay for a bigger car. It can be a nice gift for children to play with it in the backyard.
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice to see a former politician doing something.... Jon Corzine's post political career has been underwhelming....
        Gordon Chen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        The problem is this politician is out of touch. This car is ugly, and not everyone's in that budget range will be green enough to tolerate that. The no highway driving thing is the biggest issue here. I'm all for green vehicles but this one is poorly executed by a politician who is out of touch with the real world us mortals live in.
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Gordon Chen
          It's a start though....
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Gordon Chen
          nah not really Gordon. it wont have mass appeal and it's not perfect but at 10k$ it does have something the leaf doesn't. in georgia there is a community where they have 10000 golf carts for personal transportation iirc. that's perhaps a market for them. maybe for well off seniors too. and at 56km/h(35mph) it's quite usable as a runabout in many regions.
      Grendal
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where does this car win out over the ZENN with an upgraded battery?
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Grendal
        mycar is perhaps not a scam like zenn was/is
        Grendal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Grendal
        That's kinda my point. Why should this vehicle succeed when the ZENN failed?
          Chris M
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          Well, ZENN management did make a major blunder by investing in EEstor, which promptly gobbled up the money and produced nothing but promises. This company is not, as far as I can tell, saddled with a bad investment. But "Mycar" is entering a crowded NEV market that is near saturation, and has little to recommend it over other NEVs. Slightly greater range, perhaps, but at a higher price, and not really needed for a NEV class vehicle.
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Grendal
        The ZENN is dead.
      Roy_H
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am dead set against any NEV on public roads. Used in closed communities or on dedicated golf cart type roads is fine, but mixed with standard cars and trucks on public roads, no way. These cars are not built to the same safety standards and will not survive a collision with a large vehicle. Once on the road, people will be tempted to drive them on sections where the speed limit is higher than the car can go, and will therefore impede traffic and become a traffic hazard.
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Roy_H
        Again . . . so should we ban motorcycles too?
          Roy_H
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spec
          No, strangely enough I base my opinion on the idea of enclosed vehicles as being the decision point of safety regulations. I don't agree with the crop of 3 wheel enclosed vehicles masquerading as motorcycles to get around the safety requirements either. My thinking is like this: If you are on a bike, it is extremely obvious that you are exposed to danger from accidents, and bike riders know this keenly, take their chances and depend on their skill and bike maneuverability to survive. However once you are enclosed, no matter what the true situation is you feel more protected and relate more to a standard car. My point is that it must therefore be up to the same safety standards of a normal car. NEVs and 3 wheel vehicles cheat the system.
        Chris M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Roy_H
        I have no problem with NEVs on residential streets where the speed limits are 25 to 35 mph. The problem is that it isn't always possible to get to a desired location on residential streets only. It would be highly risky to take such a vehicle on major city streets with 45 to 55 mph speed limits, and of course freeways and intercity highways are out of the question.
        EVnerdGene
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Roy_H
        my car is not too small your car is too damn big ( to carry one ass )
      trbgd
      • 2 Years Ago
      When is the Tunica Ms plant gonna begin construction?
      Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they extended the back and made it into a pick-up truck, I could see it being a lot more useful. I agree that we need at least 45-55mph to go around town.
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        Whoa... That is a great idea. Turn it into a tiny delivery type vehicle.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey.. this is a good goal. However, 25-35mph is too limiting to be useful. That top speed must come up to 45-50mph so that you can get around all roads in town on it. We need a 3rd category of vehicles that is right in between NEV and full-on highway tested. These NEVs never sell well.. aren't really useful outside of retirement communities and ultra-dense metros ( which we have very few of in the United States )
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        35 mph is enough for city/town areas. But I agree that we need new vehicle classes. There is a ridiculous crazy gap between a motorcycle and a car. This is an area where the conservatives could actually play a constructive role if they didn't spend so much time hating on anything alt-energy. There should be less regulations such that new light-weight EVs can be made easy. For example, that Italian little quadracycle is completely illegal in the USA. It should be allowed.
          fairfireman21
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spec
          I agree with 2WM it needs to be at least 40 MPH.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spec
          I think we could use some good ol' fashioned conservative style deregulation here. Of course they have to serve their oil masters and keep demand high, so they'll do things like fight CAFE increases instead. quadracycles being legal would be fantastic. Don't forget that early cars were basically just that; glorified 4 wheel bicycles.
      vazzedup
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a Tazzari Zero. We do need a cheaper EV, but maybe that can happen by making it simpler (less gadgets and screens), more like an original JEEP, so it can be messed with by the DIY community.
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