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Storm Sondors doesn’t like driving.
And yet he’s behind an ambitious project to build a $10,000 electric car through a company bearing his name. During Sondors Electric Car Company’s inaugural press conference at the Los Angeles auto show—just outside the exhibition hall in a space that had formerly been occupied by troubled Elio Motors—the CEO expressed his sentiments about driving and didn’t mince words about how he feels about the automotive industry as a whole. “I hate industries; I hate tradition,” he declared, at an event that’s very much an industry tradition.
Yah. Watt he said.
https://sondorselectriccar.com/SONDORS, the company behind the impressively-priced $500 electric bike which had one of the most successful kickstarters ever, is now taking pre-orders for their three-wheeled, crowdsourced “Model SONDORS” electric car. The pre-order reservations, which cost just $100, are available on their website and will secure your place in line to get one of the early cars. The fee is fully refundable, minus a $3.30 transaction fee, and if you choose to buy the car when it is eventually available, your $100 will be applied to the price of the car upon making your order.
andrew.box wrote: ↑Jan 29 2018 3:27pmThis looks cool, do they have a chance at success? I was hoping Elio was more than vaporware, but they disappeared a while ago. Either Elio is a moron/dreamer, or he's a crook, not sure which and maybe a little of both. I gave them $100 for a pre-order fully expecting I might never see it again. I had realistic expectations that they were probably very likely to fail, but it's still disappointing.
Anyone have a feeling whether this Sondors effort is anything besides a scam to sell pre-orders, or possibly drive stock for a pump and dump scheme? Even at $12-15k I bet they could sell a lot of these if they had decent range (100+ miles) and were fun to drive and reasonably safe (ABS + electric brakes, space frame perhaps). Given that Slingshots seem to sell pretty well and they're stupid expensive for a 'toy'.
I still feel that small/light is the key to high efficiency vehicles. No, a family can't drive something like this, but for a dedicated commuter vehicle, or people without kids, ~1500 lbs, 3 wheels, ~80+ mpge, it makes some sense.
If you drove my sparrow, you would have a new respect for tadpoles. Personally I prefer a motorcycle for lane splitting reasons, but tadpoles are my second favorite vehicle topology.
I will say this the Sounders trike is a nice LOOKING 3 wheeler...