Retro electric roadster


The Miluira Retro is a splendid-looking one-person electric vehicle, due to ship around March 2011. It will only go 35km on a charge at a top speed of 60km/h, and I'm sure it'll cost the world, but you'll be the sharpest looking spendthrift on the road.

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Takayanagi is now accepting orders for its Miluira Retro EV Car in Japan (Akihabara News)

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  1. It’s nifty alright. . .but for 76K one could buy that new Cadillac coupe say, go from 0-60 in 3.9 and seat more than. . .one.

    To each his own, but this is a rich mans toy. . .

    1. It’s funny you use Cadillac as your example, because you pretty much only buy a Cadillac as a status symbol – just like you would this electric car. I’m sure whichever model you’re referring to is pretty good technically (though I’m not sure that extends to their whole line), but if you want performance bang for buck, Cadillac is clearly not the way to go…

      I’m not hugely knowledgeable on cars, but I did a quick search to see if I could come up with something comparable as an illustration. According to this wikipedia page, there’s a 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo that’ll do 3.5 seconds and costs $79K MSRP (there’s no citation for that price on wikipedia, but googling will show that’s the official figure). And with that, you get a car that can go around corners, and isn’t really ugly (not that the Evos are spectacularly good looking, but Cadillacs these days…)

      Back on topic, this car looks pretty neat. I can imagine an eccentric rich guy driving one around his estate. Small market there, though.

      1. “According to this wikipedia page, there’s a 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo that’ll do 3.5 seconds and costs $79K MSRP”

        The 2009 CTS-V sedan had almost a $20,000 lower MSRP.

        The *most* expensive CTS-V coupe is $72K, and is also sub 4 seconds 0-60. The CTS-V sedan tested in 2008 around the Nurburgring did 7:59, which is only 4 seconds slower than a Caterham R500 Superlight. It’s 12 seconds faster around than the 2009 Evo, even if they were comparable. Rally car vs. large performance sedan/coupe.

        Performance isn’t a problem with the V series Caddies. They are meant as competition for other big performance/luxury cars.

  2. I wonder if electric cars will lead to more elaborate designs like this, because the engineering is more versatile and compact.

  3. Still getting used to my new glasses; I thought the headline was for a toaster. Spent a few seconds looking for a bread slot behind that seat…

  4. You’d go 40 MPH in, I mean on, that thing? On asphalt, in traffic? I’d be scared to death. Nice looking, though.

  5. I misread the title as ‘retro electric toaster’. I got quite excited wondering where the bread would go.

  6. This is awesome in a decadently impractical sort of way.

    Still, I kind of wish that we had an electric family runabout. Not like this thing, of course, but I don’t need to encase my family in two tons of plastic and steel just to get the groceries. I can totally see why people would hesitate to buy an electric — or even a hybrid — car if they commuted 30 miles each way on the highway. But where I live, I can do pretty much all of my errands on roads posted as 35mph or less. Why must all cars sold in the US have to be capable of highway speeds and safety standards?

  7. t’s funny you use Cadillac as your example, because you pretty much only buy a Cadillac as a status symbol

    People that would consider buying a Cadillac as a status symbol really don’t understand status.

    This thing on the other hand is simply gorgeous, a total steampunk-banana-delight. Imagine Agatha Heterodyne at the wheel.

  8. Why would I pay a hundred bucks for a painting when I could just buy blank canvas for a fraction of the price?

  9. You couldn’t even license it for the street in many countries, right? Missing several safety requirements.

  10. People that would consider buying a Cadillac as a status symbol really don’t understand status.

    This thing on the other hand is simply gorgeous, a total steampunk-banana-delight. Imagine Agatha Heterodyne at the wheel.

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