AltCar 2012: Firefly ESV ready to check in on parking meters
During an interview at AltCar 2012, Pete Barsky, the vice president of sales for Good Earth Energy told AutoblogGreen that the ESV is currently used in around a half-dozen cities in the US (e.g., Clayton, MS, Seattle, WA and Roanoke, VA) but he wouldn't say how many orders the company has for the Fort Worth, TX-made three wheeler. The trike can have the seat on the left, right or center, and most of the Firefly ESVs sold have the right-hand seat installed because this is most convenient for parking enforcement officers.
Inside the cabin, the ESV defines Spartan aesthetic. The buttons and knobs are utilitarian to the extreme, as you can see in the photo gallery. You'll get on/low/high settings for the heat, and you'll like it. Designed for people who know what they're doing, the basic info screen in the center of the dash can display information on individual cells in the battery pack in case one needs replacing. The company says it expects the pack to have a lifespan "of more than four years."
Speaking of the lithium-iron phosphate battery, the powertrain uses a 14.4-kWh pack and a 100-volt, 35-horsepower AC induction motor. With an electronically limited top speed of 45 miles per hour, the Firefly ESV can go around 60 miles on a charge. That should be plenty to roam downtowns looking for scofflaws.
Firefly's visit to the 2011 AltCar Expo was captured on video and is available below, along with a more general video of the car in action.
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