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Takayanagi Miluira - Japanese retro styled EV due for March 2011 release

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December 8, 2010

Takayanagi Miluira - Japanese retro styled EV due for release in March

Takayanagi Miluira - Japanese retro styled EV due for release in March

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Japanese company Takayanagi is taking orders for its first one person electric vehicle, the Miluira. Due to be shipped in March 2011, the retro-styled all-electric car has a range of only 35 km on a full charge, a maximum speed of 37 mph (60km/h) and a rather lengthy recharge time of 12 hours.

The Miluira references the past in more than styling with a lead-acid battery chosen over modern alternatives like lithium-ion as the power source. This helps explains the uninspiring performance specs, which incidentally puts it just ahead of the 110 year old Lohner-Porsche EV (which also used lead acid batteries) in terms of top speed.

Takayanagi Miluira - Japanese retro styled EV due for release in March
Takayanagi Miluira - Japanese retro styled EV due for release in March

At a shade over 7 feet long, the Miluira is definitely made for one and with a price tag of JPY6.3 million (US$75,000) you could say it lacks in the bang for buck department - especially if you compare it to the likes of the US$32,780, five seater Nissan LEAF or Tata's proposed US$9000 Indica Vista.

Cute? Yes. Practical? Not very.

Takayanagi via: Akihabaranews

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4 Comments

I'd say yank out the batteries and the electric motor and attach two pedals to it and turn it into a high-bling kiddies' car. Why would anyone buy this piece of retrograde metal?

Kajal Basu
9th December, 2010 @ 01:52 pm PST

A very expensive golf-cart. Sorta steam-punk which is kinda cool.

Matt Rings
9th December, 2010 @ 04:20 pm PST

This is actually quite a nice "potter around the city" type of car.

Small, light, cheap to run, easy to park, great for short trips......

Mr Stiffy
9th December, 2010 @ 08:29 pm PST

looks like the sort of thing elton john might buy.

silverneedle
10th December, 2010 @ 04:28 am PST
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