Looks like America will have three more electric vehicle choices a whole lot sooner than expected. As soon as this June, Envision Motor Company (EMC) plans to start selling an all-electric seven-passenger wagon, a utility van and a small pickup truck at a number of dealerships across the country. What's more, all three vehicles will all be available for under $30,000 after the $7,500 tax credit. Based on the Dacia Logan, the EMC-branded trio will make their American debut on a test-drive tour that should begin in May.
While there are still some details we don't yet know about the drivetrain, we can tell you there is a 24 kWh sodium nickel chloride battery and AC motor installed in the Romanian-built gliders that the company says will take you up to 75+ miles per hour and give you up to (seemingly optimistic) 200 miles of range. They have on-board chargers and plug straight into a household 110V circuit and have a charge time between 6 and 8 hours. These bodies have already undergone (and passed!) FMVSS 305 standard (PDF) crash-testing and come equipped with most of the equipment you'd expect like power steering, ABS and power locks/windows. Distribution will be handled by EVCARCO and Gabus Automotive Distributors, with specific dealership locations to be announced soon.
While there isn't any footage of the EMC triplets doing their electric motoring thing yet, the Ames, IA company does have a couple videos featuring their president, Thomas Gleisner, which we have waiting for you after the break. For more information on the cars you can check out their website, follow their tweetings and even be their Facebook friend. Of course, we hope to give you our impressions of the triplets as soon as we arrange for a bit of wheel time so stay tuned.
[Source: Envision Motor Company]