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Miles Electric Vehicles Announces Initial Dealers

Miles Electric Vehicles announced the initial group of dealerships it has appointed to sell its all-electric cars and trucks, including its highway-speed vehicle (HSV), due to arrive in showrooms in 2008.

Among the 30 new car dealerships initially selected to become Miles Electric Vehicle franchisees are the Cardinale Automotive Group (CA), Lloyd Wise Auto Center (CA), MC Electric Vehicles (WA), Motorworks of Long Island (NY) and Alan Vigil Ford of South Atlanta (GA).

Miles Electric Vehicles offers a line of low-speed (25 mph max.) vehicles imported from China. Current Miles Electric Vehicles fleet customers include Stanford University, UCLA, California State Polytechnic University, NASA, the US Navy, and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

The company has recently expanded its nationwide network of dealer relations representatives to build, promote and support a 190-member dealer body in advance of the planned delivery of the company’s Pininfarina-designed HSV sedan in late 2008.

Miles is anticipating an MSRP of around $30,000 and an anticipated ’09 model year build of 18,000 units for the HSV. The lithium-ion battery-powered car achieves speeds over 80 mph and travels more than 120 miles on a single charge. Miles’ highway-speed sedan will be complemented with an HSV crossover model in 2009. The company plans to produce 38,000 HSV units in 2010 and approximately 100,000 in 2011.

Comments

cs1992

A $30000, 120 mile range, lithium-ion powered automobile due to hit the showrooms in 2009. Although I hope it happens, I'll believe it when I see it.

Neil

I'd be more enthusiastic if the vehicles weren't imported from a Chinese company. There's nothing wrong with the workers there; but Chinese companies tend to turn out poor quality goods (speaking from experience). The last thing we need is the reputation of BEVs destroyed by quick profit trash. My original BEV motorcycle was made by a Chinese company. There's almost only one part (the frame) that I haven't had to replace in the year I've owned the thing. After watching me spend many weekends rebuilding and repairing it, nobody in this neighborhood will go near a BEV.

KJD

Hey Neil, it is too bad that you have had so much trouble with the BEV you bought.

Have you seen the new Vectrix. I got a test drive on one of these last weekend here in Salt Lake City and that bike is a great performer. 62 mph top speed and yes I did test that. :)

The fit and finish on the bike really does look nice. The ride is nice and smooth. Very easy to handle in the turns. The engine is supper quiet and no vibration.

The only thing holding me back from buying one is the 12k retail price. But I guess you get what you pay for sometimes.

For now I will stick to my home made electric motorcycle. It now has over 850 trouble free miles and it only cost me about 4k to build. See www.zevutah.com for details.

Henrik

This is good news because the cost is low and the expected production volumes are far better than anything else mentioned on the EV news front including Think and Tesla. I would like to know the producer of the lithium battery and the chemistry used.

Neil your experience is horrible but highway capable four wheeled cars are subject to the full pack of safety (and emission) regulation so for that reason the quality issue may be less of a problem with these Chinese cars than for their motorcycles that can be sold without much compliance to regulation. They will simply not be allowed to sell this car in the US unless it is safe. If they manage to sell 100.000 units in 2011 it will force every car producer in the US, Japan and Europe to come up with something similar. The Chinese have a real good opportunity to penetrate the high income markets with EVs because they can avoid many of the patents and much of the regulation that follows with ICE propelled cars.

Neil

I'm going to try one last rebuild ... I'm going to replace all of the original parts except the frame. If that doesn't work, I'm getting a Vectrix.
KJD: I may call you if I need advice on which replacement parts (for the few original that are left) work well. I'll let you know how the new batteries (LiFePO4)work out once I have enough mileage on them to know.

KJD

Give me a call any time you want to talk about EV's. My number is on the web site.

I will look forward to hear about your batteries. I just replaced my cheapy costco batteries with Trojan deep cycle pack. The warrenty on the Trojan pack is for 50 months. So far I only have 250 miles on them but they seem to work well.

Still would like to have something lighter. All it takes is more money right?
Kyle

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