• Aug 8, 2013
Perhaps the base price for the Epic Torq Roadster EV is a bit high. The eye-catching electric vehicle officially starts at $65,000, but a recent example was listed on eBay for the low, low price of $57,985. The car, located in Laguna Niguel, CA, has a clear title and just 108 miles on it. It also has a red/black exterior/interior color scheme, giving it a Chicago Bulls-type color motif and making the car look a little like a large, very fast and very quiet version of a Nike Air Jordan high-top sneaker. It didn't sell. Perhaps Michael Jordan just missed the auction.

Epic founder Chris Anthony first started working on three-wheeled EVs with his dearly-departed Aptera Motors and started making Torq prototypes in 2010. When the Torq EV production version launched, it was announced it could go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in about four seconds. In April, Epic delivered its first sale of a Torq Roadster to David Vespremi, former director of communications for Tesla Motors.


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      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      They're smoking some good stuff if they think they could get $65k for it
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks like a blast to drive but 70 miles of range is a bit low for such an expensive vehicle. If I was looking for a summertime electric trill ride I would get an electric motorcycle - it will likely provide a bit more range and they cost about $15k. http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/zero-s/ https://www.brammo.com/empulse/ This is a good comparison video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akgNW74qOYo
      CoolWaters
      • 1 Year Ago
      "A history report is not available for vehicle identification number 1E9EPEVF8DC526005." People like their VIN history. - You really need to be in the region: CA.
      Giza Plateau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who knew that ugly, impractical and overpriced would hamper sales.. that's just crazy. To all these companies starting EV production, have the wisdom to consult with me Dan Frederiksen first about what you should do. That way you avoid the 98% chance of bankruptcy because you invariably don't have the judgment needed to make the right design and engineering decisions. Instead of this odd thing they could have done a Tesla Roadster killer at much lower price that could sell in tens of thousands and make them a billion dollar company. Same is true for Detroit Electric. The choices they made are all wrong and as a result they wont sell any of their overpriced Roadster copy cars, they wont have any credibility and wont be able to sell any of their chinese cars and they'll go bankrupt soon enough. Coda should have consulted me as well. Fisker too. The clueless battery makers A123 and Enerdel could use some input from me as well. But they all know best and they all die.
      BraveLil'Toaster
      • 1 Year Ago
      News flash: noone wants a weird-looking three-wheeled "car". Didn't they figure that one out about 70 years ago?
        Letstakeawalk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BraveLil'Toaster
        OTOH, Morgan 3 Wheelers are so desirable they had to bring them back. http://www.morgan3wheeler.co.uk/ Come on, somebody, make one into an EV!
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BraveLil'Toaster
        I would have bought the Aptera. I liked the aerodynamic extremism. But it is dead. (And I don't want to hear about the Zombie version.)
      DarylMc
      • 1 Year Ago
      This seems a beat up. Are you trying to talk the product down Danny? I don't know if it sold but the item is ended on EBay. A quick Google suggests that the vehicle is second hand and someone has already claimed tax credits on it. On top of that it was priced only $8000 less that the list price you mention. Exactly how long was it "sitting unloved" for you to come out with that headline? I can't see anything about this vehicle that appeals to me but neither can I see why ABG would want to make up headlines to damage the product.
      Marco Polo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmmmm.... Light, aero, ...No offers from a certain Dane.....?
        Giza Plateau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Marco Polo
        It's not light nor is it aerodynamic. It's also rather heinous and very overpriced. So no, no offers from he who shall not be mentioned.
      EVnerdGene
      • 1 Year Ago
      holy batsh!t Batman All the dough they invested in building this thing - they should have hired an industrial designer with a car portfolio. In fact, hire a few and choose the best concept.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ah . . . the days of the freaky EVs like the Corbin Sparrow (AKA NMG), the Aptera, GreenVehicles, ZAP, and others are gone.
        paulwesterberg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        The Aptera is twice as efficient as any electric vehicle being sold today. The vehicle design was ahead of its time - someday you will see cars like that on the road.
          Marco Polo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          @ paulwesterberg I love those true believers, who persist with lost causes.
        Marco Polo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        @ Spec, Yes, I also miss that brief era of the weird and wonderful ! But, for those interested in really oddball vehicles the [ http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrscharroo/5989908557/in/photostream/ ] site has a great collection of such vehicles.
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