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KleenSpeed Reveals Under $10K Electric KAR

KleensSpeed KAR would come with 40kWh lithium battery, giving it a range of 150 miles.

Published: 21-Nov-2012

Silicon Valley automotive start-up KleenSpeed is getting ready to unveil the KAR, an concept electric car the company bills as "The most intelligent automobile ever conceived." The KAR is due to be unveiled at the San Francisco Auto Show on Nov. 21, but KleenSpeed has distributed some information and specifications ahead of time, including an amazingly low $9,995 price and an amazingly long 150 mile electric driving rage.

KleenSpeed is a small start-up company based at Moffett Field in Mountain View, and has been working on electric vehicle components and designs for a few years. They are best known for the EV-X11 electric race car that serves as a test-bed on which KleenSpeed engineers design and test electric vehicle components. The company's actual product line is a lithium-ion battery pack design, a battery management system for lithium-ion battery packs, and other electric vehicle components. Their GenESSys battery pack design is available in sizes up to 40 kilowatt-hours.

The KleenSpeed KAR is a vehicle platform which the company is offering to license to automobile manufacturers. It appears to be a small micro-car, with seating for two and a small storage compartment behind the seats. The battery pack is shown built into the chassis beneath the passenger compartment, and the electric motor is shown to be mounted behind the rear wheels. The upper part of the KAR is said to be an "open source design" allowing auto manufacturers to design for any body style.

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KleenSpeed KAR concept drawing: goal is a basic electric car costing less than $10,000US.

Vision is to have KAR available in two models: the S model costing under $10K and the sportier GT model: both would have 40kWh battery and 150 miles range.

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