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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Luka -- a cool retro electric car

As a bit of a petrol-head (in Ozzie parlance, somebody who likes exotic, classic and muscle cars) I found this Czech electric car rather intriguing--though whether it'll ever make it to Australia is another question.

Czech electric car startup MW Motors unveiled a new lightweight and retro-looking all-electric vehicle powered by in-wheel hub motors.

[T]he Luka EV’s look is not even the most interesting thing about this new electric vehicle.

MW Motors is using in-wheel hub motors, which is not exactly a new concept, but it hasn’t really been implemented in a significant way by automakers.

They are using 4 motors in the wheels delivering 4 x 12,5 kW for a total output of about 50 kW (66 hp).

The motors are powered by a very small 21.9 kWh battery pack, which MW Motors claims is enough for up to 300 km (186 miles) of range.

It’s hard to believe until you hear how much the whole car weights: 815 kg (~1,800 lbs).

Of course, we are talking about a small two-seater here, but it’s still an impressively low weight and yet, the company claims that you will still find all the features you’d expect to find in a modern car.

MW Motors plans to bring the vehicle to market for a somewhat reasonable 30,000 EUR ($36,900 USD) starting price.

[Read more here; pictures from same source]

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