Our attention turns to the San Diego, California region where niche electric car company Epic EV recently unveiled its TORQ Roadster. A three wheel design, it is said to offer a driving range of up to 100 miles per charge, depending upon driving conditions, and will price for a hefty $65,000 (starting).
Epic said its 2,200 pound TORQ car will begin being available in April, with plans to build 50 electric vehicles in the first year. It reportedly will up this number significantly in 2014.
The highlight of the Roadster in terms of performance is the rather amazing 0 to 60 MPH in four seconds, made possible by a 300 HP+ peak electric motor and a lithium iron phosphate battery pack with up to 34 kWh power capacity. All total one gets under the hood over 600ft/lbs. of peak torque.
A range of near racing level features are built into the TORQ, including 4-piston race proven brakes and a Formula 1 style high-performance custom cam suspension and chassis, designed by Palatov Motorsports. Also of note on the body are carbon fiber panels and a poly carbonate windscreen. Drag is reduced by 25 percent, according to Epic, because of the three wheel architecture, and the vehicle sports an 80.5-inch track width.
You’ve also got on the open interior cockpit a digital speedometer, tablet systems monitor, advanced entertainment system, remote keyless entry, custom racing seats, electric power assist and a 12 volt power outlet. Charging time for the TORQ’s electric battery is rated at between one and six hours.
“While seeking record breaking MPGe with the 3 Wheeled Aptera Electric Vehicle I often found myself longing for a more aggressive styled and track worthy adaptation. The TORQ will create a class of its own with its perfect balance of power, handling and aggressive styling,” said Anthony in a statement.
“The TORQ Roadster confirms that you don’t have to compromise performance to embrace efficient vehicle technologies.”