For those of you who have said that you would buy an electric car if it was available, here it is. Part car, part motorcycle, Myers Motors' (privately owned) new NmG (No more Gas) vehicle.
Manufactured entirely in Tallmadge, Ohio, the NmG is the nation's only all-electric, highway-legal vehicle that can hit 70 mph and costs less than $25,000, said Dana Myers, founder and president of Myers Motors. The NmG is a fully enclosed for all weather driving, single passenger vehicle with two front wheels and a single drive wheel in the rear. Charging takes four to six hours. It costs about 2 cents a mile for the electricity used to charge the batteries.
Most people drive fewer than 12 miles to work, so the NmG can be useful for commuters. It also can be driven in a high-occupancy-vehicle lane.
While it drives like a car with a low center of gravity, the NmG is considered by the U.S. Department of Transportation to be a motorcycle. Myers calls it a PEV, or Personal Electric Vehicle, since it transports only the driver and the labels “car” and “motorcycle” do not fit perfectly.
Meyers commented that shrinking oil supplies and high gas prices, along with public concerns about global warming, will contribute to his eye-catching car's success.
A down payment reservation is $1,000, balance of purchase price is $23,900. Order information can be found on the web here.
Myers said he is trying to drop the price of his vehicles below $20,000.
Myers has sold 10 or 11 NmGs to customers in Columbus and Cleveland, Wisconsin, Florida, California and New York.
The Company Rationale:
• Electricity is the most efficient fuel on the planet for transportation, costing approximately $0.02 per mile driven;
• A multiple-vehicle family typically needs one full-size, unlimited-range vehicle. Most, however, will save time and money by also owning an all-electric vehicle and utilizing it for short trips--the trips that presently use the most gasoline and create the largest amount of pollution. An all-electric vehicle is the perfect second or third vehicle for transportation, good stewardship of resources and cost-effective travel.
• As hundreds of millions of dollars are spent annually on new battery development and entrepreneurs take existing technology and make it work better, we anticipate the batteries used in today’s electric vehicles will serve drivers well and then be replaced in the future by batteries that improve range.
Satisfied NmG Owner
Al Strauss, 63, of Westlake, bought an NmG last fall and got it from the factory this spring. After a test drive, he said, he was hooked.
What he enjoys most about the vehicle is the attention it draws. "The attention is enormous. I have the name of my company on the side with the phone number. We will get three to five calls when I drive to downtown Cleveland from home, and the same on the way back. Of course, the calls are about the car and not my business,'' he said.
"Everyone that is under 30 will give you a wave or a thumbs-up sign. The younger they are, the more in tune they seem to be with the environment.''
"People are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on battery development for things like iPods and Game Boys,'' Strauss said. "I decided to get in the market and get started with what is out there, and better capabilities will eventually come along.''
Strauss uses his NmG three or four days a week to run errands and go to and from work. "They are perfect cars if you are commuting and you know you are only going 30 miles. They are good for second, third, fourth cars in the household,'' he said. "I bet it saves me 50 bucks a week in gas.''
More Details About the Myers Motors and the Car
In 2004, Myers bought California-based Corbin Motors, which, at the time, made the three-wheeled electric Sparrow vehicle. Myers has made suspension improvements and brake improvements, moved the production equipment from California and It has taken until now to get the car into production.
Myers Motors has eight employees. It plans to hire 15 to 20 employees for the project.
Myers Motors is developing a new model of electric vehicle to be released next spring. Myers wouldn't disclose the details but said he hopes to sell between 400 and 600.
While most states require it to registered as a motorcycle, a car driver’s license is usually required rather than a motorcycle license.
The NmG has thirteen 12-volt batteries wired in series to create a 156-volt nominal system. Six of the batteries are located under the hood and seven batteries are located under the driver's seat. The batteries are Optima Spiracell, valve regulated lead acid (VRLA). They are absorbed glass mat (AGM) type, not a gel type.
- Three-wheeled vehicle registers, insures and parks as a motorcycle
- 156 Volt DC Motor; 20+ Horse Power Continuous
- Cog-Belt Drive
- Battery Charger:110v/20amp Built In with Power Cord
- Direct Double A arm front suspension / Single sided swing arm rear suspension
- 13” Aluminum Wheels and Tires
- Disc Brakes
- Length: 112 Inches, Width: 52 Inches, Height: 57 Inches
- Storage Space 6 Cubic Feet, (One Grocery Cart Full)
- Power Windows / CD Player
- Tilt Wheel / Heater
- 0-30mph: ~3.5 Seconds
- 0-60mph: ~12.5 Seconds
Myers is planing on adding features such as air conditioning to the NmG.