Los Angeles-based startup Ampere Motor is readying to kick off production of a small, sporty electric motor called Ampere One. It takes the kind of a low-slung three-wheeler that tells us of the aptly titled Morgan 3-Wheeler and the Polaris Slingshot.
“Electric cars today are either too expensive or a lackluster drive. Ampere’s goal is to share an exhilarating driving experience in electric cars that are affordable and beautiful,” the company said in a statement. That’s a tall order. The company remarked that it employed the assistant of world-class stylists prepared in the same schools as the people who bring modern-day models for the likes of Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Ferrari.
How Ampere One Is?
Visually, the Ampere One is an extraordinary machine. Its tear-drop-shaped figure covers a lightweight and stiff tubular chassis built with technology harvested from the world of race cars; according to Ampere. It employs a double wishbone suspension and a carbon-Kevlar belt that pushes the lone rear wheel. The company also claims the One is “maintenance-free and almost indestructible” without telling how. There’s no roof, though the interior is waterproof. The company charges about $1,500 extra for a hard top. Want heat and A/C? That’s another $1,000.
Technical specifications are; for the most component, spectacularly vague. The Ampere One gives 100 miles of range in its most fundamental configuration and renewing the battery takes about three and a half hours when it’s rammed into a regular household outlet. Customers who intend on taking it on extended trips can request a 150-mile upgrade. Despite range, the benchmark sprint from zero to 60 mph takes eight seconds flat and top speed checks in at 75 mph. Even though it owns two seats, most states name the Ampere One as a motorcycle, so users will need the proper license to drive it on public roads.
When You Can Have Test Drive?
Ampere Motor claims it will start to program customer test drives in March. If you’re not one to try before you buy, and if you’re confident Ampere can keep its promises promptly, you can buy the young firm’s very first car right now by visiting its official website and sending it a $200 refundable deposit. We’d suggest waiting until you see the car in person, though.