BugE – Lightweight DIY Electric Vehicle

November 30th, 2010 by GreenDan Leave a reply »

BugE is a three-wheel vehicle that you have to build yourself.

It was developed by Mark Murphy, of Creswell, Oregon, who previously worked as a designer for different companies like GM, Chrysler and BMW.

From 2007 he managed to sell over 50 BugE kits to customers around the United States and currently decided to export them to Europe and the land of the rising sun.

Murphy’s goal was to create a low cost vehicle that could be driven around city throughout the whole year.

It is worth mentioning that the BugE has a 17bhp DC series engine powered by four M34 lead acid batteries. The latter allow you to drive BugE for 8 hours before it run out of battery power.

The three-wheel vehicle features a steel box chassis with a composite body, an acrylic Lucite canopy, and it weights only 350 lbs (159 kg) .

BugE can reach a top speed of 50 mph (80 kph), registering a range of about 30 miles (48 km) at 30 mph (48 kph). However, according to Murphy, the range can be considerably increased if the driver uses lithium batteries.

The vehicle along with all additional features will cost $5,587, plus shipping.

[via Gizmag]

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