This Karmann Ghia Lookalike Is The EV We've Been Waiting For

Electric Vehicles / Comments

It's called the "Luka EV", and it hails from the Czech Republic.

MW Motors, a little company out of the Czech Republic, has cooked up a cute, classically styled electric vehicle that could just be the anti-Tesla.

It's called the Luka EV, and it looks decidedly like Volkswagen's Karmann Ghia - a coachbuilt sports coupe from the 1950s through the 1970s, based on the Beetle's rear-engine chassis. But unlike the Karmann Ghia, the MW Luka EV is front-wheel-drive, with a humble 74-horsepower electric motor powering the front wheels, supplied by a floor-mounted battery pack with just 26.4 kWh of capacity. That's only slightly more capacity than the Mk I Nissan Leaf had - a car with all of 73 miles of driving range.

Francois d'Nenu
Francois d'Nenu
Francois d'Nenu

But MW Motors, which formed with a focus on engineering as much of the weight out of its EVs as possible, has managed to keep the Luka EV's mass down to an impressive 1,953 pounds in this latest iteration, thanks in large part to its extensive use of aluminum alloy. With so little weight to cart around, the car is estimated to deliver more than 190 miles of driving range on its modestly sized battery pack.

Top speed for the MW Luka EV is a reported 140 kph (87 mph), and the sprint to 100 kph (62 mph) comes up in around 9.8 seconds. Those aren't earth-shattering numbers by any means, but they're not bad considering the €30,000 (about $33,300 US) starting price.

The Ringbrothers Greatest Creations
The Ringbrothers Greatest Creations
Best Off-Road Vehicles For 2020
Best Off-Road Vehicles For 2020
František Nenutil
František Nenutil
František Nenutil
František Nenutil

That price tag is thousands lower than the starting price of the Tesla Model 3 in the US, for a car that - in our opinion - looks loads sharper and more interesting. And if it's the car's conventional front-wheel-drive configuration that's got you on the fence, keep in mind that MW Motors has another version of the Luka EV with four in-wheel electric motors for true torque-vectoring all-wheel drive. You can expect to pay some €10,000 more for that version, though.

Of course, the bigger question is: will the cute, stylish MW Luka EV be available in the US at all? We'll just have to wait and see.

František Nenutil
Frantisek Nenutil
Frantisek Nenutil
Frantisek Nenutil

Join The Discussion

Popular Tags Cars