There's a new electric Coupe
Appearences aside, this is a brand-new, limited-series vehicle. Yes, Porsche knows about it.
Watt Electric Vehicle Company is a British company that defines itself as "a manufacturer of premium electric vehicles and a technology leader enabling the niche vehicle industry to go electric". Currently, their key product is the Passenger And Commercial EV Skateboard (PACES), a modular, ready-to-use electric rolling chassis that can allegedly be applied to almost any size or shape of bodywork in order to build an electric vehicle. Tom Riley talked about it not so long ago in an interesting post.
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To demonstrate the versatility of their product, the company ended up also designing the first production car to use the PACES platform, the WEVC Coupe, which is clearly inspired by the 1955 Porsche 356a to the point that they had to disclaim any potential connection with Dr. Ing. h.c.F Porsche AG.
Given the name and design, originality may not be its strongest suit, so the Coupe, aside from its electric drivetrain, could easily pass for a classic two-seater from the 1950s. It's uncertain if this is a benefit or a drawback if the goal is to promote the PACES as an innovative tool for simplifying the electrification of both passenger and commercial vehicles.
The PACES platform (© WEVC)
The Coupe will be available with an 80 or 120 kW mid-mounted motor and a 40 kWh battery integrated into the chassis, reportedly allowing the car to go from 0 to 100 km/h in just over five seconds and offering a WLTP range of approximately 350 km. The WEVC asserts that the peculiar design of their PACES has been able to keep the Coupe’s weight to a sub-1000 kg kerb weight, mostly thanks to the large use of aluminium, with a near 50:50 weight distribution.
The Coupe will be produced in a limited series of 21 cars, in order to adhere to WEVC's claim that the PACES platform has been specifically designed for low volume manufacturing. Reservations are open and require a £5,000 deposit to secure a position in the production schedule; final price is said to be £81.250.