Those of us who follow the world of electric cars are all too aware how difficult it is to start up an electric car company.
Even the larger companies like Tesla Motors, Coda Automotive and Fisker Automotive aren’t out of the woods just yet, though some are in a better position than others.
One company acutely aware of the struggles is AFUTURE, based in Norway.
The electric Qashqai
Rather than building an electric car from scratch, AFUTURE’s plan was to convert an already-popular vehicle in Europe, Nissan’s Qashqai. The European equivalent of the Nissan Rogue, the Qashqai is one of Europe’s top-selling cars, so it’s a vehicle people are already familiar with.
As the firm’s online brochure (pdf) revealed, the AFUTURE Qashqai was to be offered, like the Tesla Model S, in several variants, with different ranges and performance abilities.
The car would start with an entry-level model, offering 62 miles of range (on the combined European cycle), a 62mph top speed and a leisurely 0-62mph acceleration time of 25 seconds, and run to a model with a 155 mile range, a top speed of 81 mph, and more sprightly acceleration of 12 seconds to 62mph.
The lithium-polymer batteries ranged from 17 kWh to 34 kWh, and motor power was between 30-60 kW (40-80 bhp).