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The $160K Electric Surcharge

Posted in EcoLust, Rants & Raves by Dustin Driver | December 23rd, 2011 | 2 Responses |

The new Varley evR-450 electric super car can hit 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds, packs 900-plus torques and looks like a Nissan R390. It costs $200,000. It’s also based on the awesome, gas-guzzling $40,000-ish Superlite SLC coupe.

The evR-450 is assembled in Australia by Varley Electric Vehicles. It’s super-trick, featuring twin carbon ironless core AC motors with totally awesome-sounding Tritium Wavesculptor inverters. It has a semi-monocoque TIG-welded aluminum chassis with an integral space frame and weighs just 2750-ish pounds. Range? A comfortable 100 miles. Top speed? A disappointing 100-ish miles per hour. Are the batteries worth the extra cost of $200,000? Hit the jump to find out.

The Varley

But here’s the thing: It’s based on the Superlite SLC coupe, a kit car that can be had for around $40,000. A kit car that’s made (in part) in Michigan. The SLC is made to take any LS-series Chevrolet V8, so there’s no upper limit to horsepower and torque. Even fitted with a standard ‘Vette mill, the SLC should be able to match the evR-450 in acceleration and completely destroy it in a top-speed run. Plus, it would have a nearly unlimited range.

The Superlite

So are the torquey electric motors and Tritium Wavesculptor inverters worth the extra cash? Or is the evR-450 just a toy to clear a rich enviro-crusader’s conscious?

My vote is for toy. The evR-450 absurdly expensive when compared to its dino-juice-powered cousin. And its slower. And it doesn’t sound nearly as good.

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  1. dudefromthenorth says:

    How does one turn off those stupid popovers that show up when the mouse accidently wanders over the URL for that automobile?

    Why doesn’t the “Leave a Reply” at the top of the post do anything? What did you recently do to your site?

  2. Nick says:

    The reason for the hike in price is one you need to imported the SLC from the USA to Australia and you pay shipping, customs and taxes on it, then you build the car to ADR and have to pay for inspectors to come and check each vehicle is built to ADR, then you have the $50,000 cost for motors, then the cost of the inverters and then the cost for the batteries, plus after all that you have labour costs.

    Now fault with your story is the $40,000 SLC is in KIT FORM and you have to BUILT IT YOURSELF … And having built kit cars before you are looking at a least 100 man hours for something simple as the Westfield, so the SLC I would say a good 6 to 12 months which is $$$$