02 October 2009
02 October 2009
After a flurry of recent announcements pertaining to electric concept cars, Myers Motors are set to take orders for its second fully electric motor vehicle, as yet unnamed, before the end of the year.
Like its predecessor, the single-seated NmG, the ‘NmG2’ will feature a body made from composite materials, which Myers believe will give the car several additional benefits when compared materials typically used in automotive manufacturing.
In response to customer feedback, Myers have designed their second car accordingly, which is hoped will retail less than $30,000.
Like the NmG, the new model will feature Myers’ lithium battery system that provides drivers with a standard 60-mile range. Myers says that this range is adequate for their market, as it covers over 80% of America’s daily driving habits. However, the company has plans to give owners an option to upgrade this capacity to 100 miles, for those who regularly travel further.
The two-passenger model is designed for easy overnight charging and according to Myers it should only cost about 2-cents per mile to drive, depending on local electricity prices. Recharging overnight prevents overtaxing the electric grid, and in some locations may even allow EV owners to receive a discount on electricity rates for the recharge.
Dana Myers, Founder and President of Myers Motors said, “While people love our zippy single-passenger model, we know that sometimes you want to take a friend along for the ride – and soon you can.” He continued, “Our goal is to make electric vehicles more affordable for average Americans.”
Myers anticipates production of this new vehicle will begin in the 4th quarter of 2010. More details about the new vehicle will be revealed over the next several weeks on the Myers Motors website.
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