Will Ship Next SpringSome electric cars try to be as practical and mass-market as possible, while others aim for uniqueness and beautiful design (maybe someday we'll have a combination of both). The Takayanagi Miluira Retro EV definitely falls in the second category. The electric 1-seater looks kind of like a car from the 1920s with a bit of steampunk aesthetic thrown in. I think it's beautiful! Check out the photos and specs below.
The specs above were translated from Japanese using Google Translate, so there might be a few mistranslated things. But in general, it gives us a good idea of what the Miluira will be able to do; with a 35 km range (about 22 miles) and a top speed of 60 km/h (37 mph), it'll definitely be a city car (if all the ones made aren't snagged up by collectors). But it would be pretty easy to improve performance; just upgrade the batteries from lead-acid to lithium-ion, and you'll reduce weight and extend the range and max speed.
At today's exchange rate, 6.3 million yen is $75k, so collectors might be the only people able to afford it.
It is scheduled to ship as early as March 2011.
Here are the lead-acid batteries. There's really not excuse for an electric car to still have those except maybe that this is more about design than about making it practical. Making a car has very high fixed costs, so who knows, maybe if this sells well enough they'll be able to upgrade the batteries without raising prices...
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