Not sure how this missed the mainstream news, but Electric Motor Cars has begun shipments of its $33,950 Pickup model to dealers, including Des Moines Motors. Manufactured in Romania by Dacia (now a subsidiary of Renault), the electric mini-pickup claims to have a range of 260 miles and a load capacity of 2,000 pounds. The batteries can be recharged on household current in eight hours, or in three hours using 220v. Nothing has been published about top speed, zero to sixty times, battery life or vehicle warranty.
Not a pickup guy? No worries, because cargo van and station wagon versions are also on their way to the states. All versions are based on the fossil fuel powered Dacia Logan, designed to be a low cost but reliable vehicle for emerging markets.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has long been the bane of low volume importers, since EU or Japan vehicle regulations differ significantly from U.S. regulations. If this hasn’t yet been approved by the D.O.T. for road use, buyers will be spending $34k for an “off highway use only” golf cart. Has anyone validated the 260 mile range claimed, or the payload capacity of 2,000 pounds (which puts it on par with a Ford F150)? Is anyone else concerned that Electric Motor Cars doesn’t even have a website? Call me a skeptic, but when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.