Watt Electric Vehicle Company (WEVC) has declared to redefine premium electric sports cars with its first model: the classic-inspired Coupe.
Under the skin is WEVC’s in-house developed EV platform, called PACES. Made from bonded aluminum, 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.
Neil Yates, founder and owner of Watt Electric Vehicle Company, said: “The Coupe represents two firsts for Watt Electric Vehicle Company. It is our very first model – and the first to utilize our PACES modular EV architecture, which will underpin many next-generation specialist passengers and commercial EVs. 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.”
“Thanks to our PACES architecture, we have been able to keep the Coupe’s weight to a minimum – under 1,000kg – yet we have also structurally-integrated a 40kWh battery into the chassis and exceeded all EUSSTA safety crash testing standards. We have achieved near 50:50 weight distribution too.”
“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.”
“Extensive simulation work indicates we can achieve a WLTP range of 230 miles, with prototype testing supporting the translation of that data into real-world performance. With compact dimensions, superb packaging and a tight turning circle, we envision the WEVC Coupe being just as at home in the center of London or cruising along an A-road, as it is on a twisty B-road.”
Over the last 10 months, WEVC has carried out extensive prototype testing and further refinements will continue to be made over the coming year.
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 21 120kW Launch Edition Coupes starting at £81,250.