The REV 1 product development continues to go well. We're currently working through FMVSS (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety) requirements. Unless we run into major problems we're targeting June 1st 2009 as the launch date.
The website should be launched by the end of this month (we're still finalizing site design and logos and such). We hope to start allowing reservations / pre-orders in March. Originally we were going to not do pre-orders and only accept money when we could ship product the next day (now there's a concept!). However, to allow us to gauge demand and order the appropriate amount of inventory we've decided to open up pre-orders. There will be a nominal $50 or $100 charge to secure your place in the queue - fully refundable but non-transferable.
The specs can be seen over at this page: http://visforvoltage.org/forum/5456-coming-2009-new-maxi-scooter-revolution-electric-vehicles
Now, I have a couple of questions for folks:
1) What should the name be? Should it be REV 1 or REV 5000 or something entirely different?
2) We're considering offering the following options for battery packs:
- 24 * 60Ah pack - this represents the target that we've been developing for
- 20 * 60Ah pack - a lower speed budget version
- 24 * 40Ah pack - a lower range (but same speed) budget version
- 26 * 60Ah pack - a higher speed "deluxe" version
There will likely be between $500 and $250 differential in price between the various configurations. Do you think the variations in those packs are worthwhile? Are those configurations the right choices?
3) What colors should we offer? We likely only want to offer 2 or 3 choices (in fact I'd rather do the Henry Ford thing and say "any color as long as it's black" - but I likely will be overruled there!). We have a wide range of colors to choose from. At present we have one each of silver, blue, red and green - but there are a whole bunch of other colors available to choose from.
BTW, good news on the DC/DC converter. We've decided to opt for a high capacity unit - Erik (Chief Engineer) tells me it should even have enough juice to run a heated electric vest. (Don't) Try that on an XM or even a Vectrix...
We will be publishing more test results and performance figures later in March (we're doing a major road test trip and the weather needs to get a bit better!)
For those in the South East Michigan area (or from further afield if you want a road trip) we'd be happy to show you the bike at our facility and let you see it as it completes final development. If anyone is interested then just drop me a line: john [at] evmfg.com - we're in Ann Arbor, MI. Now there's another thing you can't do with any of the competition - come and talk with the engineers and technicians actually building the bikes...
Exciting times ahead!
And, as we say around here, "progress is progressing".
All the best - and happy riding.