Geneva preview: AC electric city car
February 25, 2010 § Leave a comment
After a short-lived and controversial attempt at manufacturing in Malta, AC now has a base at Brooklands in Surrey, and will be partnering with a German firm to build the Mk VI. However, the historic company (formed as Auto Carriers Ltd in 1901) plans to license the technology and structural design of this EV prototype, rather than put it into production itself, reports Autocar.
This Geneva show concept features an innovative lightweight magnesium frame construction, with bonded joints and built-in roll cage; the frame can be assembled in minutes, and weighs only 67kg. It has been developed in partnership with Israeli company ALubin, and the electric drivetrain is the work of former GM EV consultant Dr Moshe Miller.
Whilst this might seem like an unlikely product from the makers of the Mk VI, AC also has a long history of ultra-light economy cars, including the much-maligned fibreglass-bodied pale blue ‘InvaCar’ three-wheeler issued to disabled drivers till the mid ’70s, and the prettier Petite.