Dubuc Attempting To Crowdsource Launch Of Tomahawk Electric Car

8 months ago by Inside EVs Staff 11

Dubuc Tomahawk prototype

Tomahawk electric sports car attempts crowdsourced launch

Dubuc Motors is aiming for a $125,000 USD price tag for the Tomahawk, and interested early adopters can already put down a $5,000 refundable deposit.

Quebec City-based start-up Dubuc Motors has been researching and developing vehicles for over a decade in a self-funded space. Now, the company is looking toward crowdfunding to get its extremely fun-looking 2+2 electric vehicle, codenamed the Tomahawk, into production.

Dubuc Motors has officially started taking investments – from as low as $200 USD – in return for a stake in the company. It’s hoping to garner $25 million through crowdfunding, and according to Dubuc Motors, it’s already raised over $6 million in reserved investments. The hope is to have a production version of the Tomahawk ready to show at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, which is set to take place in Las Vegas in January of next year.

With the money raised, Dubuc Motors wants to bring its employee count from the current dozen to around 60. It will use the cash to complete crash tests, safety certifications, and licensing, and with government grants, it’s looking at outfitting a 200,000 square-foot factory.

Dubuc Tomahawk Fully-Electric Supercar

Similar to Tesla, the Tomahawk will be sold online and the company says it will use traditional advertising budget, bloggers, and social media to attract prospective buyers.

Dubuc Motors is aiming for a $125,000 USD price tag for the Tomahawk, and interested early adopters can already put down a $5,000 refundable deposit. Production numbers for the first year are very modest, with the company looking at anywhere from 10 to 100 vehicles being produced. That could eventual grow to 1,500 vehicles per year, though.

While there are a lot of question marks involved with this type of venture – the biggest being will they be able to hit the $25M mark – the company has offered plenty of info to whet the appetites of possible investors.

Dubuc Tomahawk prototype

In terms of straight-up specs, the Tomahawk will incorporate twin front and rear motors, with electric all-wheel drive. It will have a 370 mile (595 kilometre) range, will be able to accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour (0-96 kilometres per hour) in three seconds, and will have a 160 mph (257 km/h) top speed.

It features scissor-doors, and looks like it will have many of the amenities you’d expect in a vehicle starting in the six digits, from a panoramic roof and integrated WiFi, to hands-free voice commands and traction/stability control. The interior gets the carbon fibre treatment, along with what the company describes as the “highest premium components.”

The company has said it doesn’t consider itself a competitor to any of Tesla’s models, but on its website, it describes the Tomahawk as “Tesla’s cousin,” filling in a sports car gap that Tesla doesn’t currently fill, but reportedly will again one day.

As with any Canadian car company, we’re eager to see if Dubuc Motors will find success in the niche market it’s selling to. With the performance numbers the company is touting for the Tomahawk, we’re certain car fans from around the world are also plenty eager to see what comes of the coupe.

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11 responses to "Dubuc Attempting To Crowdsource Launch Of Tomahawk Electric Car"

  1. George L Parrott says:

    Needs to buy into the Tesla Supercharger network….then it would have that six figure value as a real “road car,” otherwise not so interesting or useful.

    1. DJ says:

      Wow, you guys are like cockroaches. After the nuclear apocalypse I’m sure they’ll be people like you touting that if you can’t use the SC network it ain’t XXXX…

    2. Joshua Burstyn says:

      As a Canadian I really want this group to succeed. I agree though that SC access is a great idea.

  2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    Reality check: Even a startup auto maker needs something in the neighborhood of $2 billion to put a car into production. Even limited, partially hand-built production.

    Crowdfunding? Sorry, but you can’t build a mountain by pushing a bunch of molehills together.

    1. ijonjack says:

      No 0ffence guys..I wouldn’t give these guys or any unproven Startup company a Nichol because odds are it’s usually a Loosing proposition. I wouldn’t trust them as far as I could Throw them …Prove yourself with a Viable Product ., Then we’ll think about talking ! Good Luck !

      1. JIMJFOX says:

        Your pal ‘Nichol’ may not agree to be given away….

  3. Samwise says:

    such… tiny… lights…

  4. MT says:

    If they were serious, they’d find a buyer for a few hand built cars, and then go from there, like Koenigsegg did years ago with high performance combustion engine cars.

    Kickstarter and similar efforts they’re making only serve to prove they’re not really serious about what they’re doing, or their car has no appeal among their real target market, or both.

  5. floydboy says:

    Do U Believe U Can
    fool us forever?

    1. ijonjack says:

      They unfortunately not only Believe it..But., They are Convinced that they can recruit new f00Ls on a daily basis. B S does Sometimes Baffle the Brain..

  6. JIMJFOX says:

    OMG! Not ANOTHER one….
    Mass market is the real deal- not this nonsense.