Electric Car Maker Miles Creating Buzz

Miles plans to sell 9,000 its Chinese-assembled cars almost exclusively in California and mostly in the Los Angeles area.

Published: 15-Jan-2009

Does a Santa Monica startup have what it takes to upend the auto industry?

Miles Electric Vehicles Inc. a small company with big ambitions, is on the threshold of bringing to market the car that has long eluded the largest manufacturers in the world: an affordable all-electric, five-passenger vehicle capable of keeping up with freeway traffic and is aimed at the mass market.

This month, Miles will have about 25 prototypes of its Highway Speed Sedan at test facilities in the United States, Europe and China. Next year, Miles plans to sell 9,000 such cars almost exclusively in California and mostly in the Los Angeles area.


The Air Car may do better than fuel-cell cars, but experts say that using grid power to charge a battery-powered electric vehicle is much more efficient than using electricity to compress and store the same amount of energy in a tank.

A 70 mile range and 45mph top speed means that the two-place electric car can compete with anything in its class, but at a price that is higher than its competition.

Concept vehicle is powered by 200kW electric motor, driven by combination of hydrogen fuel-cell and 16 kWh lithium ion pack that afford 40 miles of grid-charged driving range, and a total range of 300 miles


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