Watt Electric Vehicle Company has unveiled its first model ever, the WEVC Coupe.
The two-seater, rear-wheel drive, mid-motor-mounted WEVC Coupe combines retro looks with the very latest in lightweight, sophisticated EV architecture, creating an engaging, real-world sports car.
Power comes from a 40kWh lithium-ion battery, while the mid-mounted electric motor in Launch Edition vehicles will provide 120kW (160bhp). The Coupe has already completed ten months of prototype testing and predicts a WTLP range of up to 230 miles with a 0-62mph time of just over five seconds.
Under the skin is WEVC’s in-house developed EV platform, called PACES. Made from bonded aluminium, it features an integrated battery enclosure built into the primary chassis as opposed to a separate battery case, allowing the entire platform to be lightweight and very structurally efficient.
The vehicle has a near 50:50 weight distribution and a kerb weight of less than 1,000kg. The WEVC Coupe’s all-new composite body is inspired by the legendary 1955 Porsche 356a. However, all exterior surfaces are subtly different to optimise aerodynamic efficiency and house the state-of-the-art bonded aluminium chassis and bespoke suspension.
Neil Yates, founder and owner of Watt Electric Vehicle Company, believes that the Coupe is a rather unique product as it is radically different from the rest of the EVs on the market.
“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,” he said.
The WEVC Coupe’s advanced development phase will continue over the coming months ahead of a full production car reveal in late summer. Manufacturing will begin at WEVC’s home in Cornwall in November with first deliveries in early 2022. Each WEVC Coupe can be individually tailored to a customer’s tastes, with the 120kW Launch Edition Coupes starting at £81,250.