It’s The EV To Drive To The Speakeasy

Forget about a Chevy Volt or the Nissan Leaf. Forget, even, about the sleek, zero-to-sixty in 3.7 seconds Tesla Roadster you’ve been eying to jack up your hipness quotient.

No, you’ll be far, far cooler rolling roaring-’20s style in the Miluira, a one-seat, open-topped throwback from Japan that, to our eye, combines elements of a late-model Ford Model T with some of the curvier Art Deco car designs of the decade. It’s electric, but it’s retro.

Miluira, stylish electric vehicle, Japan

image via Takayanagi

We learn about this new EV through a press release from Takayanagi Inc., posted in Japanese and run through the Google translator. So some of the details are a bit sketchy, but happily numbers are pretty much the same in any language, and this is what the spec sheet shows: This little plug-in is a mere 2180 millimeters long (about 7 feet); it has a range of around 35 kilometers (22 miles); and the top speed is 60 kilometers per hour (37 mph).

Modest numbers, indeed, but the price, well, it comes in big-time: 6.3 million yen for an undeniably stylish ride. In dollars, that’s a little over $75,000.

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.

1 Comment

  • Reply December 16, 2010

    Energy refuge

    Wow, this is what we could call a ‘back to the future’ approach. It’s great to see EVs getting the attention they deserve…

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