Detroit-based EcoV Electric wants to prove that slow-and-steady does indeed win the race when it comes to low-cost utility electric vehicle. The company has been talking about its EV only for seven years now and says it is finally almost ready for production. The company recently posted a two-minute video (yes, available below) that explains the single-charge range of up to 40 miles and, most importantly, a possible price of just $12,000. The company says the car will pay for itself in about a year in the form of reduced refueling prices, thanks in part to an electricity cost of just 50 cents to charge up.

To our eyes, the vehicle design isn't exactly a work of art, but the company says the focus should be on the utility factor. The EcoV EV can be reconfigured as a four- or six-passenger vehicle as well as a pickup truck SUV. Possible uses are parking-enforcement vehicle and delivery vehicle. EcoV Electric also says the vehicle will be constructed with a full roll cage and crash-test plans are in the works.

Led by ex-General Motors engineer Richard Marks, EcoV Electric last crossed our radar in 2010. At the time, the word was that the vehicle would have a top speed of 25 miles per hour and a single-charge range of between 25 and 40 miles. The company started making noise in 2006 and a year later put out the call for potential investors. After all these years, you can check out the new EcoV video below.



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      Marcopolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      There is a small, but economically profitable market, for specialised EV's. However, this vehicle isn't much of a contender for that market. Just lowering the speed to help the range and cost of an underpowered EV, isn't really useful. Nor is the claim that such a vehicle would save $231per week in fuel valid. The equivalent ICE covering the same mileage, at the same speed, wouldn't use 10% of that figure ! I'm afraid that EcoV Electric's dream's are still stuck in the early day's of EV development. Little underpowered, NEV's trying to pose as real vehicles, are just an impediment to EV adoption. I only hope the DOE hasn't invested any taxpayer funding to this venture. The last thing anyone needs is the adverse publicity of another would be EV maker, going broke, with DOE funding. In contrast, many manufactures in Japan, India And the ROC ( Taiwan) are racing to develop practical EV alternatives in the light commercial market, to compete with the brilliant Renault Kangoo ZE.
        fairfireman21
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Marcopolo
        @Marcopolo, I was doing the math too, and found that if I went thru $40 per week in gas for my pickup the price for this thing (not including electric fees) would pay me to drive over 6 years. I also thought how would it pay itself off in 1 year. I alsotook the $12000 divided it by 12 to get $1000 per month divided it by $4 (gallon of gas I know it is not that but may be under Osama I meen Obama) came up with 250 gallons of gas multiplied it with my lowest average of 15 mpg came up with 3750 miles per month divided that by 30 came up with 125 miles per day I could drive a 2000 1/2 ton 4x4 truck with a v-8. I can drive more than 125 miles on just 10 gallons of gas with stuff in the bed. How is this thing supposed to pay its self off in a year? right now (gas at $3.15) I could drive 57,142 miles or around 7.14 years.
          Marcopolo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @fairfireman21
          @ fairfireman21 Thanks for all that maths ! Yeah, this sort of claim, and vehicle, belongs back in 1999 when EV's were still experimental and speculative. Today, this sort of crudely thought out NEV only drags down the image of EV's, and is doomed to fail.
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pick-up truck, eh? I'd like to see that. I wonder if there is an add-on option for more batteries and longer range.
      BraveLil'Toaster
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wait, wait, I've heard this story before. It was called Miles EV and it didn't fare so well.
        Marcopolo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BraveLil'Toaster
        @ BraveLil'Toaster The miles vehicles were just imported PRC sourced EV's. Not only was the build quality, and electrics pretty shoddy, but the vehicles lack any real practical appeal. Polaris recently acquired the French specialised EV maker Goupil. Goupil have a very interesting range of well built, small specialised vehicles. [ http://www.goupil-industrie.eu/ ]
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too bad that the laws and regulations prevent you from building a small enclosed EV that is actually useful. They can do this, but there are very few places which you can drive it. We need a medium speed specification for cars. 45-50mph top speed would be very useful. But they might be so popular that they will represent a real threat to the oil industry.. so..
        Marcopolo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        @ 2 wheeled menace There are no laws or regulation that prevent you from building a small, useful, enclosed EV. Nor is there any "conspiracy ", the same governments who pass the regulations and safety laws (especially California ) give tax credits and other incentives to EV's. What exactly is a " medium speed specification ", and how would it be enforced ? Minimum, as in freeway's, that's understandable, "sorry driver, but your going below the speed limit", or maximum speed " Where's the fire, driver ?" , but 'medium'' ? Safety equipment is required on all vehicles, you might be only toddling along at 25 mph, but the SUV that hits you, could be travelling at 70 mph !
      imoore
      • 1 Year Ago
      Enough of the low-speed neighborhood vehicles. This is getting old. I would really like to see something with a little extra punch.
      RC
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems like a perfect fit for mall security. There is nothing worse that those idling security cars, burning gas constantly for no reason at all.
      Marcuslime
      • 1 Year Ago
      RIP
      Joeviocoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      So we're calling NEVs, LSVs now?
      Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      45 mph should be the minimum speed that is necessary to be practical as a normal city vehicle. It might need a few more batteries to boost the voltage, and a bigger motor/controller. But, it shouldn't cost much more. It is the safety stuff that might need to be added that could impact the price.
        RC
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ryan
        I don't believe a 45mph vehicle could qualify as a NEV and bypass the safety requirements a conventional vehicle must comply with. But we can always lobby the government to change the law.
          archos
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RC
          Why would you want to bypass safety regulations and tests at 45mph?? Ever been rear-ended at a light? I most definitely wouldn't buy a "car" that was below safety standards.
      Mart
      • 1 Year Ago
      LSVs are a bureaucratic boondoggle from day 1. Perhaps we could paraphrase Elon Musk's thoughts on hydrogen...
        fairfireman21
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mart
        The infrastructure for refueling is not there and the mileage is not there either. The highest range I could find was 220 miles not bing a hybrid as a hybrid the highest was 250 miles. 250 miles is nothing for the U.S. We drive almost 400 staying in the same state for a weekend getaway.
        BraveLil'Toaster
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mart
        What, that LSVs are only good for the upper stage of rockets? As much as I'd like to see them blasted into space, I don't see how they'd help with the upper stage of the rocket at *all*. :)
      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      AB says it's not a work of art, eh? Personally I appreciate clean, simple lines. Their labor force must be a volunteer hobby shop.
      Lazybones
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seriously...if they made a Hearse version of this car, I still wouldn't been seen dead in it. How can anyone warm to a car this ugly. It looks like something you would find in Wal Mart! Phone Europe and get a designer!!!
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