Some electric vehicles
) 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?
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