EV from Austria Has Two Seats, Three Wheels

We first found about a new electric vehicle from Austria over on the Electric Cars Report blog, and had to learn more about the interesting green car that is planning to debut at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show. Competition for attention at the international convention will be high this year, as we’ve seen several companies planning to unveil cars, including Audi, Renault, Peugeot, and even a new vehicle from Croatia.

Details of the new Austrian car designed by Kiska , called the KTM E3W [original page in German language], are scarce at this point. But, according to the manufacturer, the design was originally based on an electric motorcycle prototype in 2010. Since then, the idea has evolved to be a two-seat, three-wheel electric car.

KTM E3W, Electric Cars, Austria, Electric Vehicles

image via BMVIT

Powered by a lithium-ion battery system and a 15 kilo-watt electric motor, the barely over 1,000-pound E3W has a top speed of just under 60 miles per hour, with a range of roughly 60 miles.

Production of the car is said to start in 2013, with a projected cost of somewhere in the neighborhood of an incredibly affordable $10,000. The only question now is whether or not drivers in Europe will embrace the unusual design of the car.

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.

  • Shermara

    When will it be available in America?n

  • Anonymous

    Brilliant!!u00a0 Very affordable and functional for city travel.u00a0 Love it!!

  • Anonymous

    Brilliant!!u00a0 Very affordable and functional for city travel.u00a0 Love it!!

  • ralph panhuyzen

    Recently, it seems that Opel (Euro One), KTM (E3W) and Peugeot (Velv) have taken it upon themselves to bridge the gap between automobiles and motorcycles. Rightfully so.There is so much to gain. But a job worth doing, is worth doing right.nWant to know more about the ultimate three-wheeler? Go to newisetta.com