Have you seen the latest eye-candy over at ZAP?
The ZAP Alias: http://www.zapworld.com/electric-vehicles/electric-cars/zap-alias At $30K it's expensive - until you compare it's performance figures with a Boxster...
And of course, it's big brother the ZAP-X is looking as hypothetically appealing as ever: http://www.zapworld.com/electric-vehicles/electric-cars/zap-x (same deal, expensive at $60K but claimed performance figures to rival the fastest, and priciest, of the ICE competition)
Of course, whether they actually deliver on any of this hype remains to be seen. The X is designed in conjunction with Lotus (did you know that LOTUS actually stands for "Lots Of Trouble, Usually Serious"? ;-) ). No mention of who designed the Alias - it claims to use the same PML in wheel motors used by the X and prototyped in the famous 640HP Mini (which is a PHEV): http://www.stefanoparis.com/piaev/pml-mini/pml-mini.html
ZAP have been promising the Obvio! for a while now (a Brazilian designed micro-car) - but it still has a delivery date TBD. I sure hope they come through with all these goodies - but I just wish they'd provide a little more info and a little less hype.
Man, I just wish us DIY folks could get hold of some of those PML motors!!! Oh boy would that be fun!!!!!!