Himiko, the Retro Style Electric Car, Arrives

February 4, 2011 / No Comments

It is quite rare to see electric cars take age-old car design, but the Japanese company Mitsuoka Motors have done it. EVs usually are compact, efficient designs but the Himiko –  developed by Mitsuoka – is derived from Mazda NC MX-5 sports car. The car’s design, dating back to older times, is simpler and stylish. The car is named after an ancient Japanese queen.

himiko2 Himiko, the Retro Style Electric Car, Arrives

It is powered by 168 Lithium batteries and a 2.0 liter DOHC four-cylinder engine. The transmission is 6 speed manual with rear-wheels pushing the vehicle. The company claims that a range of 348 miles is certainly possible with the batteries fully charged.

Instead of the usual 7 or 8 cells in the pack, Mitsuoka have managed to stack in 21 cells. This saves space of course and makes the battery packs safer, lighter and stronger. The running resistance of the car is minimal, increasing its efficiency per unit energy.

As for now the car is produced in Japan, but we would love to see them around. Although pricing is not known it won’t be cheap as it is handmade. Worldwide sellers are yet to be spotted. With the trend being giving electric cars retro design, this one would surely make a claim for itself.

(Via Inhabitat)