Former Chrysler Dealership Introduces Small Electric Pickup

Built on Romanian Dacia Logan chassis, Envision Motor Co. claims the pickup has range of 260 miles and cargo capacity of 2,000 lbs.

Published: 10-Feb-2010

Iowa car buyers looking for a new way to go green soon will be able to do so via Romania - for somewhere between $34,000 and $38,000.

Des Moines Motors owner Gene Gabus on Friday took delivery of America's first-ever EMC pickup truck, a two-seat, plug-in electric vehicle that soon will be joined by sibling cargo vans and station wagons built on the same Renault chassis.

Gabus, a former Chrysler dealer who began looking for other things to sell when he lost his franchise during the carmaker's bankruptcy last year, said the vehicles - they will be sold under the Electric Motor Cars model name - are being brought to the United States by Envision Motor Co., an Ames firm that did not immediately return phone calls Friday.


TREV two-place electric car

Student-built vehicle can do 0-60 in 10 seconds with top speed of 75 mph. Photo courtesy of University of South Australia.

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The automaker is expecting to start out selling 5,000 to 10,000 electric vehicles annually.

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