Takayanagi Miluira - Japanese retro styled EV due for March 2011 release
By Grant Banks
December 8, 2010
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.
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.