Vanderhall Motor Works Introduces All-Electric Edison2 (w/videos)

2 weeks ago by Mark Kane 8

While some electric three-wheelers like the Morgan EV3 are delayed, Vanderhall Motor Works steps-in with its first all-electric model, the Edison2.

Vanderhall Edison2

The Edison2 debuted at the the 2017 Progressive International Motor Cycle Show in Long Beach, California this past November and was shown at the recent CES in Las Vegas.

The two-seater is equipped with 30 kWh battery for up to 200 miles (320 km) of range and two electric motors for the front wheels (180hp and 240 lb-ft of system output). It goes 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds.

Pricing starts at $34,950. Deliveries are expected to begin in the second quarter of this year.

“As a tribute to the seminal Thomas Edison-Henry Ford electric car project more than 100 years ago, the Vanderhall Edison2will be painted any color the customer wants — so long as it is black.”

“Like the existing Vanderhall models, the Edison2 will be hand-built at the company’s Utah factory using almost entirely American-sourced components. Vanderhall founder/designer Steve Hall follows his family’s legacy of innovation, holding several patents for the Edison2 and other Vanderhall models: including the tab-and-slot double-wall chassis and the non-welded cross-hatched front grille. (His grandfather H. Tracy Hall developed the process for creating synthetic diamonds, used in industrial applications.)”

“Many Edison2 components have similar underpinnings to the Venice model. These include the front pushrod suspension system. The rear suspension employs an aluminum single-sided swingarm with mid-mounted coil spring. GM rack-and-pinion steering incorporates GM-sourced knuckles. Additional GM technology incorporated in the Vanderhall Edison2 includes brake assist and steering assist. Standard Brembo brakes halt the Edison2 from 60-0 mph in less than 85 feet.

Vanderhall Edison2

The Vanderhall Edison2 was created to modernize open-air roadster driving excitement. Pre-orders are being accepted now for 2018 Q2 initial deliveries. For more information or to locate your closest dealer, please visit Vanderhall Motor Works Inc. at vanderhallusa.com.”

Vanderhall Marketing Director Daniel Boyer said:

“EVs have amazing performance advantages,” says  “Offering an electric powertrain is in line with Vanderhall’s focus on innovative, effortless performance. Our Venice model is already incredibly nimble, and the Edison2 is the quickest Vanderhall we have ever produced.”

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Vanderhall Edison2

Vanderhall Edison2

Vanderhall Edison2

Vanderhall Edison2

Vanderhall Edison2

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Vanderhall Edison2

Vanderhall Edison2

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8 responses to "Vanderhall Motor Works Introduces All-Electric Edison2 (w/videos)"

  1. Arpe says:

    What scale are they getting that range on?

    200 miles on 30 kWh battery means it is 50+% more efficient than the Hyundai Ionic, can this be true?

    Seems like a fun car to drive!

  2. Spoonman. says:

    Are these things street-legal? There’s clearly no airbags.

    1. Brave Lil' Toaster says:

      Yes, because they’re not cars, they’re “motorcycles”, according to America’s NHTSA. That goes for any vehicle with three wheels.

      It’s also a “great” way to save money and get around all the crash-tests the NHTSA requires for any highway-capable vehicle. This is the real reason you see a lot of EV manufacturers doing things like this. It’s also the same reason that these same companies vanish within a couple of years. This is likely the last we’ll ever hear from them.

    2. wavelet says:

      I’m fairly certain it isn’t classified as a car. If it’s classified as a motorcycle, it’s a safe bet they don’t do any crash testing (there aren’t any crash test standard for motorcycles), and it needs a motorcycle license to drive in many states, ditto a motorcycle helmet.
      Basically, google the requirements for a can-sam spyder — any road-legal non-enclosed three-wheeler will have the same requirements, as the drivetrain doesn’t change anything.

  3. Warren says:

    This trike won’t get that on the EPA test. The size and weight work, but the aero drag is much worse than an enclosed vehicle’s.

    It is more than possible, if you are willing to give up fantasies of hauling horse trailers with passenger vehicles.

    Edison2 eVLC got 245 MPGe on an EPA 5-cycle test.

    http://edison2.com/electric-very-light-car/

    1. Brave Lil' Toaster says:

      That’s okay, because it’s not even a car, so it won’t get the EPA mileage test done. And there won’t be any significant sales of the “car” (*coughcough*motorcycle*cough*). And you won’t even hear about this company in a year’s time, just like the last 15 EV manufacturers that went down this road.

  4. Dav8or says:

    $35,000 for a fair-weather toy with zero utility. Basically they wanted to build an electric motorcycle that you could actually go somewhere on, but couldn’t figure out where to put the batteries… so they added a wheel.

    Sadly, the price is too high. I hope their model for a profitable business includes two digit sales numbers with lots of reserve cash for when the economy takes a dive.

  5. Bill Howland says:

    If they could turn it into a poor-man’s convertible during inclement weather then I’m interested.

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