Limited Edition Carice MK1 Electric Roadster Now On Sale

JUL 5 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 11

Carice Mk1

Carice Mk1

Carice Mk1

Carice Mk1

Quick…name a readily available open-top pure electric vehicle.

If you responded with the Carice Mk1, then you’re right.

The electric Carice Mk1 is available to order today in Europe, though it production run for some odd reason is extremely limited (only 10 units ?!?!?).

Carice is a niche automaker from the Netherlands.  It’s first-ever vehicle is the Carice Mk1, a retro-looking electric roadster.

Pricing is rather cheap €26,620 (£21,358), so we’re stumped as to why production is limited to only 10 units.  Surely, hundreds or even thousands of these could be sold in a flash.  Officially, Carice says that 10 units is its initial produciton run, so let’s hope more will follow.

The Carice Mk1 weights only 350 kg (771 pounds), so it doesn’t require much power to move along.  Mk1 can be ordered with either a 20 hp electric motor or optionally one that puts out 54 hp.  If you opt for the 54 hp motor, then you can also select a range-extending engine.  Top speed of the higher-powered version is only 62 MPH.  However, range is claimed to be a decent 70 miles and the vehicle can be recharged in 2 hours.

Our advice to those in Europe looking for an open-top electric vehicle is to order this Carice Mk1 right now.  We certainly would if we could.

Carice Mk1

Carice Mk1

Source: Autocar

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11 Comments on "Limited Edition Carice MK1 Electric Roadster Now On Sale"

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Aaron
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Aaron

771 pounds? The 16kWh i-MiEV battery pack is 485 pounds by itself. Either this car has a much smaller pack or they’ve made this car out of crepe paper.

Or someone’s lying about the specs.

offib
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If I know anything about DIY EVs and conversions like how EV West does it, they don’t have large heavy cases made out of steel or aluminium with all kinds of bracing and structure and several modules wrapped in metal casings. Such a pack is designed to meet crash safety regualtions without a fault. That’s where most of the weight in any battery goes! Any hand built EV like this would have several modules in a plastic casing, held together on to a small frame that’s bolted through a few holes that’s drilled through the body or chassis of the car.

BMW could easily make their i3’s battery case out of CFRP instead of Aluminium. It would make it even lighter!

offib
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offib

+1

Anon
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Anon

Freaky kit car…

Alonso Perez
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Alonso Perez

Pretty, but I don’t even see seat belts, not even lap belts, not to mention rollover protection or air bags. It’s not really a car. It’s a very good looking limited use toy for controlled environments (like a gated community or something).

It would, however, be really nice if they made a somewhat safer version good enough for small town use. This would require seat belts and a minimum of structural integrity, which would raise the weight a few hundred pounds in the process.

Scott Franco
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Scott Franco

“Quick…name a readily available open-top pure electric vehicle.”

Fiat 500e.

Big Solar
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Big Solar

how available is the 500E? Readily? For who?

scott franco
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scott franco

Here. Now. In fact one just passed me on the way here.

I was not aware this was controversial…

scott franco
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scott franco

So I looked online:

http://www.fiatusa.com/hostc/bmo/CUX201404FFEP24A/2DJ/options.do

You choose the “power sunroof” option.

Surya
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Surya

No one except a few in California.

MMcI
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MMcI

A sunroof is not an “open top”.