Ethos Seeks Crowdfunding For Converted Electric AWD Roadster


Billed as a Sexy Affordable AWD EV Sports Car on their GoFundMe project site, the Ethos is an effort to produce “limited runs of specific models” of electric cars, using a base kit car called the La Bala, from an EV conversion company based in Juneau, Alaska.

The design goals:

Our goal is to take the La Bala and make it a fun, sexy, reliable and safe all season electric vehicle at an affordable cost to the end user. To do this we will refine the design in Solidworks and produce as a turnkey in three configurations two wheel drive, all wheel drive base and high performance.
The design modifications will start with:
* Re-designing the rear suspension from a De-Dion to a full IRS and IFS of our design to be AWD with our electric automatic transmission and motor combination.
* The cockpit will already support two people comfortably up to 6’4″ in height but we will building in
   full roll protection to FIA standards.

mmmm.   Sexy.

mmmm. Sexy.

* As is, the existing cockpit is open and has no doors or windows limiting its usage to dry sunny days. We will be enclosing the cockpit (possibly building it as a targa)  and providing functional  doors with roll up windows.
* The vehicle as is has no storage space, we will be
   designing into the body both front and rear storage
* Our preliminary dimensions show room for a 68 Kw battery package.
* Vehicle will have air conditioning and hot water heat.
* Our price point focus is $28,000 for the two wheel
   drive unit, $48,000 for base AWD and $60,000 for
   deluxe AWD. by producing the complete vehicle
   in-house and utilizing readily available components we
   are confident we can achieve these price points.

The $175K target is to fund:

* Solidworks design time.
* Prototype(s) construction and testing.
* Construction of frame and body jigs.

Backing the project at the $25 level will get you a T-shirt, which might be kind of awesome, and on GoFundMe, you may be able to get it without them reaching their (pretty unlikely at this point) target goal.

Or, if you like the idea of this, and want to actually have a shot of owning and driving one?

Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster: sexy

Just a thought…

via: Green Car Congress

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$28,000 for the two wheel model?

$28,000 sounds wildly optimistic. If they can deliver this car with decent range, I’ll bet they would sell a lot of them.

It says: “$28,000 for the two wheel drive unit” so maybe you’ll get an electric motor, an axle and two wheels for the $28000. You’ll have to pay more if you want the entire car 🙂

Imagine an electric sports car cheaper than a Leaf… I have a hard time believing that. Maybe it should be 38k? Because 48k for a 4wd electric sports car sounds almost reasonable. 15k for the batteries, 8k for 2 induction motors and 20 for the rest would be possible. Then you have a 5k margin.

Where is Ethos headquartered?

“Our price point focus is $28,000 for the two wheel drive unit…”

Who do they think they’re kidding? I seriously doubt a low-volume production company can even buy a 68 kWh battery pack for $28k, let alone make the entire car and sell it for a profit at that price!

Or is the plan to sell the car without a battery pack? The company’s PR says “Our preliminary dimensions show room for a 68 Kw battery package.” I presume the “68 Kw” was a blunder for “68 kWh”, but the precise phrasing there could be interpreted as indicating they just plan to make room for the buyer to install his own battery pack. But even without a battery pack, I don’t see any company delivering a hand-built “sexy” roadster for $28k. For that price, you’d be lucky to get a bare-bones microcar BEV with a plastic body, like the Th!nk City.

And even that BEV, with a 23 kWh battery pack, (an example of low-volume production) had a retail price of US$36,495.

That reminds me… When is that Tesla Roadster Update Kit supposed to be made available? It’s been a while since it was first revealed. Wonder what the delays have been? Hmmm.

Especially since there’s nothing really to do.

I’d think they’d get more sales out of a larger pack for their current product.

I was also told by a Tesla Tech that the TSL-01 is being phased out to be replaced by the S jack. And they haven’t even announced that.