What the world apparently needs now, according to the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Terry McAuliffe, is a U.S.-made, low-speed electric vehicle. Yes, in the age of the Nissan Leaf and the Mitsubishi i, Greentech Automotive began building the MyCar in Horn Lake, MS on November 11th. McAuliffe says that his car has one big advantage: "We have some great electric cars out there, but they are expensive. I want the masses to be able to buy our car." Of course, even though the website repeatedly mentions that the MyCar is afforadable, it doesn't seem to give an actual price for the car. Charlottesville Tomorrow says the car will costbetween $10,000 and $17,000, depending on how big the lithium-ion battery pack is. Different sizes give the car a range of anywhere between 40 and 100 miles. We've asked GTA to share more detailed information with us, and will let you know when we get a response.
In any case, the MyCar has a top speed of 45 miles per hour (which will be legally limited to 25 or 35 mph, depending on state law). It's also polite. The MyCar website says, "No highway driving, please." That comes later. Greentech Automotive has expressed plans to build "fully NHTSA- and EPA-certified, full-speed, all-road vehicles" at some point down the road, should things pan out. Things are off to a good start, with the 110 or so vehicles that GTA will make in its first year of production already sold to a buyer in Denmark.