The ECOS Harbinger – an electric, Euro-styled supercar for under US$90,000

Building electric cars will come with its own set of challenges – but then, in other ways things are going to get a whole lot easier. With plenty of battery technology available pretty much off-the-shelf, and electric motors being incredibly simple compared with their combustion counterparts, there’s not a lot stopping small, independent operators from building fun electrics and getting them to market as soon as they’re approved for sale. And such is the case with the ECOS Harbinger – which truly could foretell a bit of a small-business revolution in electric sportscars. US$89,995 will buy you a 120mph, 150-mile per charge, 6 second electric supercar with Lambo-style looks and scissor doors to boot. Nice!

ECOS have built their reputation in recent years by offering fully electric rebirthing of old Volkswagens – bring in an old clunker without too much rust on it, and for around US$12,500, you can walk away with a simple electric commuter.

Of course, while simple and practical EVs are doubtless going to be the biggest sellers in the electric car revolution, there’s nothing like a sportscar model to drum up a bit of enthusiasm – and that’s where the Harbinger comes in.

It features an aluminium chassis, with a carbon/kevlar composite one-piece bodykit shaped to evoke an Italian supercar. Lambo-style scissor doors complete the look, but the heart of the beast is a 30kwh LiFePO4 battery pack and electric motor good for sub-6 second 0-60 times, a 117mph, electronically limited top speed, and a range of 150+ miles if you drive it like a granny.

In many ways the Harbinger seems like a very simple automobile – it looks great, performs pretty well and looks like a hoot to drive. Its US$90,000 price tag puts it far enough out of most folks’ reach to be exclusive, and its Euro looks and electric-drill-meets-turbine engine sound will make it a surefire head-turner wherever it goes.

It goes on sale in Feb 2010 – although pre-orders are now being taken directly through ECOS (Building electric cars will come with its own set of challenges – but then, in other ways things are going to get a whole lot easier. With plenty of battery technology available pretty much off-the-shelf, and electric motors being incredibly simple compared with their combustion counterparts, there’s not a lot stopping small, independent operators from building fun electrics and getting them to market as soon as they’re approved for sale. And such is the case with the ECOS Harbinger – which truly could foretell a bit of a small-business revolution in electric sportscars. US$89,995 will buy you a 120mph, 150-mile per charge, 6 second electric supercar with Lambo-style looks and scissor doors to boot. Nice!

ECOS have built their reputation in recent years by offering fully electric rebirthing of old Volkswagens – bring in an old clunker without too much rust on it, and for around US$12,500, you can walk away with a simple electric commuter.

Of course, while simple and practical EVs are doubtless going to be the biggest sellers in the electric car revolution, there’s nothing like a sportscar model to drum up a bit of enthusiasm – and that’s where the Harbinger comes in.

It features an aluminium chassis, with a carbon/kevlar composite one-piece bodykit shaped to evoke an Italian supercar. Lambo-style scissor doors complete the look, but the heart of the beast is a 30kwh LiFePO4 battery pack and electric motor good for sub-6 second 0-60 times, a 117mph, electronically limited top speed, and a range of 150+ miles if you drive it like a granny.

In many ways the Harbinger seems like a very simple automobile – it looks great, performs pretty well and looks like a hoot to drive. Its US$90,000 price tag puts it far enough out of most folks’ reach to be exclusive, and its Euro looks and electric-drill-meets-turbine engine sound will make it a surefire head-turner wherever it goes.

It goes on sale in Feb 2010 – although pre-orders are now being taken directly through ECOS; http://www.ecosmotors.com/main.html

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[Via http://www.gizmag.com/ecos-harbinger-electric-supercar/13407/%5D

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