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Published on May 18th, 2015 | by James Ayre


Luka Open Source EV Project Coming Along

May 18th, 2015 by  

Originally published on EV Obsession.

Those that have dreamt of the possibility of a stylish open-source electric vehicle, listen up! The Luka electric vehicle (EV) is just such a project — an open-source project currently under development over in Europe that, if I may say so, is quite stylish.

The project is based around the creation of street-legal all-electric car (of the design seen below) that’s powered by hub motors. The Luka EV reportedly features a single-charge range of 300 kilometers (~185 miles), a top speed of 130 kilometers/hour (~80 mph), and a price under €20,000 (~$22,500).



That all sounds quite nice, doesn’t it? And it really is a rather nice-looking car as well. It may not practical for many purposes. Given the price, though, that doesn’t seem as though it’d be much of an issue.

Also worth noting here: the project is aiming for a very quick design + build time of well under a year, the project is utilizing design bodywork lifted directly from “gaming” (via a converted Solidworks file), and the car body is fabricated using fiberglass.

Also, reportedly, the car utilizes a somewhat simple ladder frame + roll cage hybrid chassis configuration. Battery pack configuration decisions have yet to be finalized, but reportedly the choice is between a possible 19.2 kWh (kilowatt-hours) choice and a possible 24 kWh LiFePo4Mh choice.

Altogether, I’d have to say that I’m quite intrigued by this. What do our readers think?

Those interested in finding out more can do so here.

Image Credit: Luka EV

Reprinted with permission. 

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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