Perhaps you'd like to own an electric car, but you simply can't afford something highway-worthy like a Tesla or Leaf. Well, if most of your trips are made up of short jaunts within your neighborhood, you may be able to get away with a slower-but-cheaper electric runabout. Eco-Cruise recently launched just such a vehicle, in the form of its Cruser Sport.
There are actually three versions of the car – the Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV), the Off Road Experience (ORE) and the Golf Cart ... which is just what its name implies.
All three models feature a 5-kW brushless DC motor powered by a lithium iron phosphate 72-volt 62-Ah battery pack, anti-lock disc brakes on all four 14-inch aluminum wheels, plus front and rear suspension. The top speed is 25/35 mph (40/56 km/h) depending on local regulations, and the range is 35 miles (56 km) per charge – an optional higher-capacity battery boosts that figure to 60 miles (97 km). A regular wall outlet is used for charging.
Other features include a removable T-top, LCD instrumentation, a 2-speaker audio system, and a covered rear storage compartment with hydraulic lift assist.
The ORE swaps in off-road tires, while the Golf Cart substitutes a bench seat for the other two models' bucket seats, plus it adds a carbon fiber body and a rear golf cargo system.
The Cruser Sport line is currently available for test drives in select US states, with a wider dealership network in the works. Although it should be priced less than a full-on electric car, exact pricing has yet to be determined.
A fleet of NEVs can be seen in action, in the video below.