PHOTO CAPTION: 2025 Motors Ibis electric sedan prototype

2050 Motors Previews IBIS EV

Although outwardly similar to Tesla's Model S, the all-carbon fiber body Ibis is 800 lbs lighter and a lot cheaper, estimated at under $60,000 after federal rebates.

Published: 21-Jan-2016

Pundits have accused 2050 Motors, Inc., yet another Chinese car company startup looking to invade the US car market, of cloning the Tesla Model S, but company President Michael Hu, vigorously denies such charges. Although there are obvious styling similarities, Hu argues that the Ibis, as the all-electric luxury sedan is called, is distinctly different from its Silicon Valley predecessor.

"I would like to clarify some of the Internet comments depicting the Ibis as an imitation of the Tesla Model S. Uninformed people have stated that the Ibis emblem is a 'knockoff' of the Tesla emblem. It's really unfortunate that the two emblems are similar, but that is where the resemblance ends. The following factors I think are more important:

"The Ibis body is built totally out of carbon fiber which is five times stronger than steel and one third the weight. The Tesla body is fabricated from punched out aluminum sheeting.

"Even though the Tesla body is made of aluminum, the Ibis is at least 800 lbs lighter which everyone knows will produce better mileage, especially in urban driving conditions.

"The next important point is that the Ibis carbon fiber body sits on a high strength extruded aluminum frame not on a sheet metal punched out aluminum frame as the Tesla."

The Ibis will come with a 72kWh battery pack and will be priced at $59,500US after federal tax credits. Availability and distribution plans have not yet been announced.

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