As more and more companies compete to produce an electric car that’s affordable, practical and popular, some companies are out to do just the opposite. These outfits strive to craft electric supercars – vehicles that are not affordable, not practical and definitely not for everyone. They are, however, very fast and very sexy.
Varley, a 125-year-old Australian company specializing in aerospace, defense and electric vehicles, recently pulled the wraps off its brand new supercar, the evR450. The low-slung, gull wing two-seater was engineered and developed with help from Tritium and Ultramotive and company officials say they expect the car to be road ready by 2012.
Varley hasn’t released many of the specs for the evR450, but the car is expected to be powered by a pair of Ultramotive Carbon motors, each with a peak power rating of 150 kilowatts. That power plant, along with an ultralight composite body, means blistering speed. The company says that the evR450 will go from zero to 100 kilometers per hour (62.13 mph) in 3.8 seconds and the top speed will be an electronically limited 125 mph. All that power usually comes at the price of reduced range, but Varley says the evR450 can travel 150 km (93 miles) on a charge. That range can be doubled if an optional additional battery pack is added.
So what does all that speed, power and style cost? Right now the company is only saying the car will retail for under $200,000. Varley is not saying how many of the vehicles it expects to produce; instead demand will dictate production.