by Ross Bonander, Contributing Writer
Type: Fully Electric (BEV)
Manufacturer: Electric Vehicle Corporation
The Manufacturer Says...
“Our vision is to produce alternative fuel vehicles that satisfy the needs and desires of the municipality market and the niche consumer market on a national and international level.”
The Critics Say...
“Another bit of California dreaming.” —New York Times
What We Like
The body. Originally we intended to put the body under ‘what we don’t like’, but the odd shape of the Electrum Spyder grew on us. It is a new design, built from the ground up, and in this respect it trumps the Tesla Roadster (which was born of the Lotus Elise).
What We Don’t Like
The battery upgrade option. For an additional $30,000, owners can ‘upgrade’ the battery system from nickel metal hydride to lithium ion. The difference in performance is substantial: with the ‘standard’ battery, the nickel metal, fully charged, one can hope for a range of about 150 miles, but with the lithium ion, that becomes 250. The Electrum Spyder has a target price that is already $70,000—why offer the lesser battery system at all?
The performance. The Electrum Spyder goes 0-60 in seven seconds, top speed 100 mph? Presumably the weight of the nickel metal hydride is party to blame, but these numbers are disappointing.
The efficiency. The company website says nothing at the moment about a regenerative braking system. While we hardly consider this ‘standard’ in hybrids and BEVs, its exclusion would be disappointing—the point of an electric car is fuel efficiency.
Electrum Spyder Specifications
Propulsion system:300 vdc
Top Speed: 100 mph
Zero-to-60: 7 seconds
Vehicle range: 150 miles on standard Nickel Metal Hybride battery system (250 miles with the lithium ion pack)
Tailpipe emissions: None
We have little choice but compare the Electrum Spyder to the Tesla Roadster, and in a number of categories, she falls short. If nothing else the Electrum Spyder should remind Tesla that they aren’t alone in the category of super-green sports cars; unfortunately for UEV, it may also remind Tesla of just how superior their product is compared to the competition.
More information on the Electrum Spyder at:
Google News: Electrum Spyder
Blog: Electrum Spyder
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