PHOTO CAPTION: Bluesky BugE comes as electric DIY kit.

This DIY Electric Vehicle Kit Won't Break the Bank

Part recumbent bike, part electric car, BugE falls weighs 350 pounds, gets about 30 miles per charge and tops out at 50 mph.

Published: 27-Jan-2009

Electric vehicles may be the next evolution of the automobile, but they sure are expensive. You're looking at at least seven grand for neighborhood electric vehicles, and even an electric bike costs three grand. The guys at Blue Sky Designs don't think it should be that way, so they've come up with a DIY EV that combines the affordability of a scooter with the futuristic look of Boba Fett's space ship.

BugE falls somewhere between an electric recumbent bike and electric car, tipping the scales at 350 pounds, getting about 30 miles per charge and topping out at 50 mph. We're betting BugE's top speed feels faster than that, given the open cockpit, low-slung stance and instantaneous torque electric motors provide. Company founder Mark Murphy realizes BugE isn't for everyone, but thinks there's definitely a market for simple, low-cost transportation that "falls handily between the bicycle and the Buick."

"It is a niche vehicle that's a huge improvement over the scooter, kind of like the Model T of the 21st Century," he says.


With seating up of four people who use all the large muscle groups, the car can easily cruise at speeds of up to 20 mph.

ZAP is hoping to keep the MSRP at $30,000 for the Alias three-wheeler pictured here.

Hero Motors Ultra Maxi uses a 250 watt motor to avoid falling into category that would require license fees, road taxes and registration.


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