Myers Motors says it will sell two-seat electric DuO for about $25,000 next year
Published: Tuesday, July 06, 2010, 11:18 AM
Robert Schoenberger, The Plain Dealer
TALLMADGE, Ohio -- Electric car manufacturer Myers Motors hit its target for pre-orders of its upcoming DuO two-seat vehicle, but the company has delayed production until next year.
Last year, Myers announced plans to sell the DuO (doesn't use oil) for $30,000 but said it would knock $1,000 off the price for every 200 orders and $250 deposit it received.
On the company's Web site, the automaker said it hit that target, and the DuO will sell for $24,995 or within $1,000 of that figure. That's before a 10 percent federal tax credit for electric vehicles.
But plans to start producing the cars this summer apparently fell through.
The company blamed engineering changes on the car that should make it less expensive to build. Production is now scheduled for the first quarter of next year. That will put the DuO on the road after more mainstream electric offerings such as the Chevrolet Volt plug-in and the Nissan Leaf electric car.
Myers continues to sell its single-seat electric car, the NmG (no more gas) while it prepares to release the DuO. Company founder Dana Myers has said the DuO should be less expensive and more functional than the NmG because he's spent the past few years designing the vehicle to make it affordable to produce.