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Old 02-10-2010, 01:20 PM   #1
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Des Moines Motors, formerly a Chrysler dealer, is offering an electric two-seat pickup that’s based on the Dacia Logan. The pickup truck is sold under the Electric Motor Cars brand and is claimed to be capable of running 260 miles on a single charge and can haul 2000 lbs of cargo.

It is priced from $33,950, but if you want a wagon version, you’ll have to pay an extra $1000. A van model is priced from $37,950. Power comes from nickel sodium chloride, “ZEBRA” batteries, which will charge in 3 hours on 220 volts or up to 8 hours when powered by 110 volts.

EMC supports this offering with a 36,000 mile warranty and 100,000 miles for the battery. Dacia, a subsidiary of Renault, has the compact truck assembled in Romania but there’s a possibility that final assembly of the EV would move to Florida.

The truck is based on the European Logan, which runs on gasoline and only costs about a third the price of the new electric version. EMC anticipates that a little over a month, there will be 100 examples made.

Currently, there are just three dealers that sell the electric truck; however, Des Moines Motors owner Gene Gabus has plans to later on distribute them in 28 states. Gabus says that there are trucks available for test-drives and advance orders, but customer deliveries are still three months out.


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Old 02-10-2010, 02:23 PM   #2
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Old 02-10-2010, 05:26 PM   #3
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That thing looks the same size as a Baja; how can it haul 2000 lbs? And I'll bet that 260 miles is empty not loaded. For 10k less, you can get an F150 instead
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Old 02-10-2010, 05:29 PM   #4
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dumb. i will not go see it.
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Old 02-10-2010, 05:34 PM   #5
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Not a bad idea but too expensive. I wonder if there are any government incentives for that?
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Old 02-10-2010, 05:52 PM   #6
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I'd like to see their claims verified by a third party. Snake oil salesmen seem to love the EV market.
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Old 02-10-2010, 06:13 PM   #7
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That thing looks the same size as a Baja; how can it haul 2000 lbs? And I'll bet that 260 miles is empty not loaded. For 10k less, you can get an F150 instead
Electric cars have crazy torque, and yes, I'd bet that range is much shorter when towing.
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I'd like to see their claims verified by a third party. Snake oil salesmen seem to love the EV market.
The Zebra batteries are the real deal, Edison and Smith use them for their electric delivery trucks, but they also have some serious limitations -- like they have to stay hot enough to keep the sodium liquid. If you charge it then let it sit too long, the battery "freezes" and is dead until you heat it up again.
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:24 PM   #9
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:41 PM   #10
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Electric cars have crazy torque,.
I was thinking more about the size and strength of the body, not to mention what appear to be tiny wheels/tires. The Baja for comparison is only rated to carry around 1000 lbs
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I was thinking more about the size and strength of the body, not to mention what appear to be tiny wheels/tires. The Baja for comparison is only rated to carry around 1000 lbs
I would say FWD and soild axle in back. Even on coil springs 2000# isn't that much. It will handle like a delivery truck empty or full.

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Maybe they will be able to get their dealership franchise back when this fails.
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It would be great if they sold the gasoline version for $10k.

Since this is an EV, i guess it doesn't need to be brought up to the US standards for safety, lights etc....
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I think you're thinking of s low speed NEV (N = neighborhood). This isn't one of those, and will have to meet FMVSS. Daunting prospect for a dealership to get it certified on their own.
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