This 1950s-inspired Watt Electric Vehicle Coupe is cool

watt Coupe

Another day, another electric vehicle hits the Interweb. Meet the 1950s-inspired, 1000kg, 120kW Watt Electric Vehicle Coupe.

The Watt Electric Vehicle Company (WEVC) has announced its own off-the-shelf electric vehicle platform to help smaller companies launch their own EVs. And to show off its platform in action, WEVC has released its 1950s-inspired EV called ‘Coupe’.

Only 21 of these things will be built with deliveries starting in 2022. If you want one, it’ll cost you around $150k.

Clearly inspired by the Porsche 356, although the brand has gone to great pains on its website to ensure that no-one thinks it’s connected with Porsche. We wouldn’t want a repeat of the whole Singer debacle.

Anyway, the thing looks good and, according to WEVC will weigh less than 1000kg, and the mid-mounted electric motor will thump out around 120kW allowing it to get to 100km/h in around five seconds. The brand reckons a range of 368 kilometres via the 40kWh battery will be doable.

“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,” said WEVC founder Neil Yates.

“The WEVC Coupe’s focus is on engaging the driver, providing enjoyment in real-world situations from city streets to B-roads. With double-wishbone suspension, 16-inch wheels and 60-profile tires, it has a comfortable ride, excellent steering response and a handling balance that is entertaining and exploitable, rather than chasing outright lateral grip.”

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Isaac Bober has been writing about cars and 4x4s for more than 20 years, has worked on some of the country's biggest motoring magazines (remember what they were?), and launched Practical Motoring. Now he's back, back again... to share dad jokes and much more.