Here’s Malcolm Bricklin’s new plans for his Visionary Vehicles brand. Hybrid cars, made in China for real cheap. Bricklin’s previous plans with Chery to bring in Chery vehicles into the US under the Visionary Vehicles name collapsed when the two parties did not manage to agree on how to use the money financed by investors.
He is currently in talks with 15 different Chinese car companies to try and get a hybrid car designed and built, then shipped to the US to sell under the Visionary Vehicles brand. Bricklin says the car will be a hybrid car, which means it has both a combustion engine and an electric motor, but the car will run primarily on the electric motor, with the combustion engine being a really small unit only running constantly at a certain RPM to recharge the electric motor’s batteries. The car can also be recharged by plugging it in to a regular wall socket. Fuel economy is estimated to be about 100 to 150 mpg, which translates to about 42 to 63 km per 1 litre of fuel!
Malcolm Bricklin says he hopes to have everything finished and set to go into the showrooms by 2009, and a prototype would be ready within 6 months. The car would be the size of a Mercedes Benz E-class, and could cost between US$10,000 to US$25,000. Tesla Motors, which stunned everyone a few months ago with it’s Tesla Roadster, is also developing a similiar vehicle, a hybrid sedan the size of the E-class/5-series.
Electric 4-seater luxury sedan from Tesla