Watt Electric Vehicles wants to redefine the electric sports car.
Watt Electric Vehicles wants to revitalize the coachbuilding scene with its innovative Passenger and Commercial EV Skateboard (PACES) platform designed for low-volume manufacturers that can't afford to build their own EV platforms. As a proof of concept, Watt Electric Vehicles built a stunning retro-inspired electric sports car on the platform. It was initially shown as a prototype, but now Watt Electric Vehicles has announced it will go on sale.
Dubbed the WEVC Coupe, the two-seater sports car's sleek composite body is heavily inspired by the 1955 Porsche 356a, but there are some subtle changes to optimize the car's aerodynamic efficiency and house the aluminum chassis and bespoke suspension. Unlike other electric platforms that use a separate battery case, an integrated battery enclosure is built into the primary chassis, significantly reducing the car's weight.
Despite its unusual structure, the WEVC Coupe meets ISO regulations and European Small Series Type Approval crash requirements. Powering the retro electric sports car is either a 40-kWh or 120-kW lithium-ion battery and a mid-mounted electric motor producing 160 horsepower in Launch Edition models. This setup will enable the Launch Edition with the larger battery to cover 230 miles on a single charge and accelerate from 0-62 mph in just over five seconds.
"The Coupe represents two firsts for Watt Electric Vehicle Company. It is our very first model - and the first to utilize our PACES modular EV architecture, which will underpin many next-generation specialist passenger and commercial EVs," said Neil Yates, founder and owner of Watt Electric Vehicle Company.
"With our debut vehicle we wanted to build a light, engaging sports car, at the opposite end of the spectrum from the current trend toward hugely powerful, fast accelerating, but heavy electric supercars."
Watt Electric Vehicles has been putting a prototype of the WEVC Coupe through its paces over the last ten months and will continue to make refinements until the production car debuts this summer. Production will take place in Cornwall, England, this November, with first deliveries beginning in early 2022. Only 21 Launch Edition Coupes will be made, each starting at £81,250 ($112,621). Admittedly, that's more expensive than the base-model Porsche Taycan, but the Taycan doesn't have the WEVC Coupe's retro styling or exclusivity.