Monday, May 05, 2008

Electric Car Showroom in Mill Valley

These electric cars in the shop window at 433 Miller Avenue caught my eye.

The three-wheel Triac is a freeway commuter which will range in price from $11,000 to $20,000. The Triac has a 20-kilowatt electric motor, can reach speeds up to 70 mph, and appears to be front wheel drive. The yellow Microwatt has 6.5-kilowatt motor and 60-mile range. RWD with a live axle. It is designed for people who do most of their driving around town.

I would hesitate to buy either car until more information is revealed about their design and engineering. (I'm open to the offer of a test drive...)
There are public charging stations at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal, near the Fairfax Town Hall, and at Costco in Novato.

Update 9/9/08:

Opening for business in September. And they've added a small three wheel truck.

Update: March 7th 2009
Closed for business in March. The showroom was empty, and this note was in the window:



drivin98 said...

Don't suppose you went inside and asked questions, did you?

Latest word is it's only available for test drives in October. With a reservation that you can only make after the 15th of August.

Peter Reynolds said...

Thanks for that update.

"Pay for the rights to a dealership and the empty promise of a supply of cars to sell. Receive two display cars and nothing more." That's how a friend described it to me. We'll see.