Peter C in Canberra wrote: ] The cost is $48K with the 5 year new car warrantee from Hyundai on their bits and 3 years from Blade on their bits. The back seat is retained though perhaps the middle seat belt is removed because the number of occupants is listed as 4, not 5. On the Blade web site there are some second hand, presumably 2 years old, serviced and upgraded with full 3 years warrantee for $35K. So, $35K for a 4 seater second hand Getz, not $55K for a 2 seater second hand as suggested. Peter C.
I stand corrected! I am out of date! The price guide I was supplied with,may not be up to date as it describes the Blade as $48K+ GST. I note the website now states that it is $48k, inc GST. It does not mention on road costs.
Well done Blade! A better vehicle and a price cut! This is indeed progress and a considerable tribute to Blade's founder and staff.
As I said previously, I am a fan of the efforts of Ron Blade and his Electron. The Electron has improved a long way since I last drove one. The incorporation of smaller lithium batteries has apparently allowed the retention of a back seat, if cramped. (well the Hyundai isn't huge to begin with)! My understanding was that Blade sourced gliders from 2 year old ex-rentals. (that was what I meant by 2nd hand). Blade must now be sourcing new gliders, since I see they have been granted a DOTARS certificate.
So do you own one?
Who has bought one?
Vectrix managed to sell 61 units in Australia. 939 short of the targeted YEARLY Australian allocation!
According to the website Blade is hoping to achieve 100 production units per year. That sounds very small if you are GM holden, but is really very significant. My worry is how the Volt will affect the Sales of Blade.
I believe Peter is quite right when he says that the big makers are anxious to not to produce an inferior product to their rivals, just to be first.
I would be interested in what forum members would expect from a commercially made EV, and what price, technical specifications, and performance would motivate a purchase?