4/17/2018

Czech Startup Readies Retro-Styled EV

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MW Motors sro has unveiled a production-ready version of its retro-styled electric coupe, which the company showed in concept form in 2015.

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MW Motors sro has unveiled a production-ready version of its retro-styled electric coupe, which the company showed in concept form in 2015.
 

The Czech startup aims to launch sales of the vehicle, which is dubbed the Luka, this year in Europe. Pricing is expected to start at 30,000 ($37,000).

Designed by the company’s founder Maurice Ward, the Luka is reminiscent of a Czech-built 1950s-era Tatra coupe. Measuring 159 inches long, the two-seater rides on an aluminum chassis with a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic body that keeps overall weight down to about 1,800 lbs.

Power will come from four in-wheel motors that produce a combined 66 hp. Several concept cars have featured in-wheel motors but the Luka will be the first production model to do so, according to the carmaker.

MW says the car will accelerate from zero to 100 kph (62 mph) in 9.6 seconds and on its way to a top speed of 91 mph. The 21.9-kWH battery pack will provide an estimated range of 300 km (186 miles), according to the company.