Consumer prototype first drive!

 CBS Detroit 

Edison2 Unveils New Super-MPG Car At The Henry Ford

DEARBORN — Finally, a 21st Century car that really looks like it came from the 21st Century.

The venue was appropriate. The Henry Ford is a shrine to American innovation, and the Edison2 is packed with innovation from stem to stern.

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A Few Questions

When can I buy a Very Light Car? This a question we are asked just about every day. We love everyone’s enthusiasm, but the answer is we simply don’t know. We are very hard at work on the next generation VLC, one that is roomier, friendlier, more stylish and with proven safety.  Three years? Maybe. But we consider ourselves to be “car first”: get the design and performance right and the rest will follow.

But one thing we are clear on: we are not going into the car manufacturing business. We know that we are experienced and competent at design, engineering, building and testing. But we have no experience whatsoever in manufacturing tens of thousands or even more of something, not to mention marketing and distributing. We will partner with or license our ideas to others with the experience we lack to bring the VLC to market.

How much will it cost?  We don’t know the answer to this one, either, but we know it will be affordable. It must be affordable: we cannot solve the problems of oil addiction or CO2 emissions with $40,000 or $50,000 cars. Design simplicity, mainstream materials and low-mass mean this will be a less than $20 thousand car…maybe significantly less.

Is there interest from large OEM’s?  Yes, lots.  But for reasons deeply embedded in their methods it is difficult for OEM's to quickly adopt our technology.  It is not “plug and play” with current legacy based vehicles. A new car from Ford or GM or Volkswagon reflects millions of dollars invested in things like suspensions, brakes, and drive-trains. Our car is a ground-up design – it is so light that it no longer requires a heavy suspension, or brakes, or a powerful engine, and in fact it uses no parts at all that come from other cars. Our approach just does not fit neatly into current business models.  Because we are "favored by physics" we feel it is certain at least some of our ideas will find their way into future cars.

How about a kit? We haven’t ruled out the idea of a kit as a learning vehicle, which would be an affordable, quick way to see some VLCs on the road. It may depend on how many people would be interested in a kit, so if you are, let us know!

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My first thought when reading about this was: "this will take a while to get to market. I want to build it from a kit!"

A kit version would be excellent. You can also see the benefit in having real world "beta" testing, much as Google does with their software services, releasing them to the public before their official launch. I, for one, would be happy to record and report results as part of building and buying a kit to benefit the VLC project.

July 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris O.

Sign me up for a kit. How long will it take to get this phase up?

April 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeff Evans`

I would gladly purchase a kit. I have been looking for/waiting for a way to get away from absurd fuel costs.

April 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWayne

Would love a to build an Eco-friendly kit car.

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark

I would love to see a kit available. Wonderful designs are great but let's get some on the road.

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRunning freak

I would buy a kit car right now!! I would buy an Edison2 that is not a kit car right now! I would buy anything from Edison2, even a T-shirt, right now!!!

April 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTheChemist

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