Burton Electric Roadster Released

Holland-based Burton Car Company has released details about its new modified roadster called the Burton Electric, which is powered by a 25 kW AC motor and a 16 kWh lithium-ion phosphate battery pack.

Modified from a Citroën 2CV, a french minimalist car, the electric vehicle weighs approximately 1,631 pounds, and according to Autoblog features 89 pound-feet of torque. The Burton Electric has a stated range of 87 miles and a top speed of almost 75 miles per hour, not at all bad for an electric upgrade to an older, albeit beautifully designed car.

image via Burton Car Company

The upgraded car costs roughly $56,400, which is about on-par for similar vehicles we’ve covered in the past. For example, a company in California is working on a three-wheel model called the R3, which has range of 80 miles and a top speed of 70 miles per hour.

The best comparison is probably an electric Porsche replica we reported on earlier this year. With a claimed range of 110 miles and a top speed of 90 miles per hour, the car retailed for $50,000. So while the Burton Electric may be a bit more pricey as an import, it still beats the cost of any Telsa Motors vehicle, although without the impressive performance features.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

1 Comment

  • Reply May 8, 2011


    I love the looks. The first car I fell in love with was a ’59 MGA and this EV brings back those old school looks.nnnGet the price down to “affordable” and the range up to ~150 miles and I’ll buy one.nn n

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