Etox gets a diesel detox, will unveil electric prototype

Etox, makers of the Zafer sportscar (pictured above), have announced plans to build an electric model. The Turkish company has said the first prototype will be finished in three months and could, when it's ready to hit showrooms, boast a pricetag as low as 30,000 to 35,000 lira ($19,020 to $22,140 at today's exchange rates).

According to Etox owner Ercan Malkoc, this new version should boast a range of 250 km (155 miles) and a modest top speed of 120 km/h (75 miles per hour). Although not as fast as it's fossil-fuel-powered stablemate, it's quite possible the new electric will be as quick. That might not be saying much – the regular Zafer is powered by a 4-cylinder diesel and takes a leisurely 13 seconds to reach 60 mph.

Like many small automakers today, Etox is looking to the government for investment before it can commit to production. To perhaps appeal to national pride, it points out that both the batteries and motors are being sourced from Turkish companies. If the powers-that-be find the vehicle to be an investment-worthy delight, they hope the first production example will roll off the assembly line in a year.

[Source: Anadolu Agency]

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