Inizio - Electric Muscle
- Type: 100% all-electric
- Class: 2-seat high performance sportscar
- Manufacturer: EV Innovations
- Top Speed: 160 mph (257 km/h)
- Zero-to-60: 4.5 seconds
- Vehicle range: 160 miles (257 km/h)
- Fuel(s): Electricity
- Battery system: Lithium-ion
- Time to full battery recharge: Not available
- Tailpipe emissions: No
- Price: $139,000
Due to make her debut at the New York Auto Show in April, the Inizio EVS is a full-bodied plug-in electric supercar, a full foot wider and a few inches longer than a Corvette, featuring a closed ratio, 5-speed manual transmission that can launch her in whiplashing fashion from zero-to-60 in a scant 4.5 seconds.
Her sire is North Carolina-based EV Innovations (formerly Hybrid Technologies), the maker of the a broad range of green vehicles and products, including the LiV Wise hatchback, the LiV Surge PT Cruiser electric conversion, and the Hybrid Living Home, among other designs.
What we like
The design: The Inizio EVS has been designed with the curvaceous seduction of a Cinemax star—confident, sexy, revealing, but never smutty. Her bold, voluptuous lines give the woozy impression you're ogling her through heat waves boiling off the pavement. She might not quite have the specs of the Tesla Roadster, but when set against the Inizio, the Tesla almost looks … dated.
The India initiative: In May of last year EV Innovations opened up a subsidiary in India to "create greater in-house capabilities for R&D and to tap the vast knowledge pool of engineers in India." The epicenter of the automotive industry—or at least that of the affordable, efficient green car industry—will likely be in India. Getting a foothold there now is a wise move for a company with a product line as varied as theirs.
What we don’t
The battery range: 160 miles on a single charge is good, but set against the Tesla, the industry benchmark, and its 220 mile range, there is room here for improvement.
The Alan Thicke factor: I could have gone either way on this one. Alan Thicke has some involvement with EV Innovations, and I'm among the few Thicke of the Night fans worldwide (who else would express his condolences to David Carradine over the passing of his father … five years before the man died?), but I find those tacky Vegas spots problematic.
The Inizio's projected sticker price of $139,000 is a good $30,000 over the Tesla, but the fact of the matter is, if you can afford one you can afford the other. Thus the Inizio represents a potentially stiff bit of competition for Tesla, and when competition is robust, consumers—along with technology and the economy—come out on top.
The Inizio isn't the only advanced vehicle EV Innovations is bringing to New York. Christopher Petrella, the company's VP of Global Communications, tells me that they will also be premiering the secret WAVE project, a "sub-$35,000 battery powered muscle car", according to Petrella.
Finally, we had a chance to throw a few questions at the engineers over at EV Innovations. The details of that chat coming soon.
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