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.
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.