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Tom Finegan Builds an Electric Roadster

If Country Roscommon entrepreneur Tom Finegan achieves his dream, Ireland will get its first indigenously-produced electric car: the Alex eroadster.

Published: 08-Jul-2015

When I first saw the name Tom Finegan, I had to do a double take. There's a popular Irish folk song about a brick layer name 'Tim Finegan' and the raucous wake his neighbors held when he "fell of a ladder and broke his head."

This Finegan, Tom, not Tim, doesn't lay bricks. He designs cars, in this case, a light weight, two-seater he calls the Alex eroadster, at his home in County Roscommon, Ireland. It's a project that been in gestation for several year, according to the Connacht Tribune. His design goal is a composite-formed car that weighs just 700 kg (1,543 lbs) and has a useful driving range of 250-300 km (155-185 mi.) due to being 30% lighter than conventional cars of a similar class. It's driven by a pair of AC electric motors.

The car is being designed by a Ecomove in Denmark with actual fabrication being performed by Swift Composite Prototypes, an Irish wind turbine blade maker, based in Dunleer, County Louth.

Finegan received funding through a European Union program called Vital that also allowed him to partner with several universities on the project, which he hopes to reveal in material form and not just digital in late 2016. The project price of the car when it goes on sale is estimated at €30,000.

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