Watt EV Coupe – Will It Make It to Production or Not?

Jason R. Sakurai
by Jason R. Sakurai
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The Watt Electric Vehicle Company (WEVC) has unveiled the EV Coupe, a classic shape inspired by the 1955 Porsche 356A. WEVC is not connected with Porsche AG. WEVC does not imply that any of their products are a product of Porsche AG, nor are the Porsche or 356 names used or associated with WEVC products. So why would we think WEVC is on a slippery slope?

WEVC says that there are many changes to the EV Coupe’s exterior and interior surfaces, yet it resembles the 356. Their composite body is more rounded, and aerodynamic.

Headquartered at Rally Prep, in Saint Columb, United Kingdom, Watt is the latest company to carve out a new EV niche. Their two-seat, mid-motored, rear-wheel driven mixes retro style with modern EV construction. A real-world sports car that complies with modern safety standards.

WEVC has created their own platform, made of bonded aluminum. Including the battery case in the chassis saved weight, and made it more organized structurally. Powered by a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery, there’s also a 120kW mid-mounted electric motor. This gives the EV Coupe near 50-50 weight distribution, and a 2,200-pound curb weight.

The interior uses high-end, lightweight materials. Modern sports car creature comforts, such as air-conditioning and mobile connectivity, are included.

WEVC has conducted ample original testing, with more to come. Production cars will have a worldwide light vehicle test procedure (WLTP) range of 230 miles. Launch Edition Coupes will reach zero-62 MPH in about five seconds.

“With our new vehicle we wanted a light, appealing sports car, positioned at the opposite end of the range from the current trend building powerful, fast accelerating, but heavy electric cars, said Neil Yates, WEVC founder and owner. “The EV Coupe’s focus is on occupying the driver, while providing enjoyment at the same time. It has a comfortable ride and excellent response, with a double wishbone suspension, 16-inch wheels and low-profile tires, and a handling balance that is entertaining.”

The EV Coupe’s advanced development will continue over the coming months ahead of a production car reveal in late summer. Manufacturing will begin in November, with deliveries beginning in early 2022. Launch Edition Coupes will start at $113,050. We reached out to WEVC for a comment about the car’s design, but did not hear back from them prior to posting our story.

[Images: Watt EV Company]

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  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Apr 06, 2021

    Watt is the wrong name for EV company. They should call it Kilowatt at least, or Megawatt.

  • MRF 95 T-Bird MRF 95 T-Bird on Apr 06, 2021

    The good folks at EV West sell a Karmann Ghia electric conversion kit for a mere $7,598. All you need is a decent Ghia shell and the labor costs and you’re still at less then half of what the Watt EV is priced at. https://www.evwest.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=220

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    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Apr 07, 2021

      @MRF 95 T-Bird My lot is full atm but these kits for 70s iron really appeal to me in the longer term. Prior to this the only solution for malaise era carbs or early FI was a swap or perhaps Megasquirt. Now you can just rip it all out for probably not much more cost.

  • Lou_BC "Owners of affected Wrangles" Does a missing "r" cancel an extra stud?
  • Slavuta One can put a secret breaker that will disable the starter or spark plug supply. Even disabling headlights or all lights will bring more trouble to thieves than they wish for. With no brake lights, someone will hit from behind, they will leave fingerprints inside. Or if they steal at night, they will have to drive with no lights. Any of these things definitely will bring attention.I remember people removing rotor from under distributor cup.
  • Slavuta Government Motors + Government big tech + government + Federal police = fascist surveillance state. USSR surveillance pales...
  • Johnster Another quibble, this time about the contextualization of the Thunderbird and Cougar, and their relationship to the prestigious Continental Mark. (I know. It's confusing.) The Thunderbird/Mark IV platform introduced for the 1971 model year was apparently derived from the mid-sized Torino/Montego platform (also introduced for the 1971 model year), but should probably be considered different from it.As we all know, the Cougar shared its platform with the Ford Mustang up through the 1973 model year, moving to the mid-sized Torino/Montego platform for the 1974 model year. This platform was also shared with the failed Ford Gran Torino Elite, (introduced in February of 1974, the "Gran Torino" part of the name was dropped for the 1975 and 1976 model years).The Thunderbird/Mark series duo's separation occurred with the 1977 model year when the Thunderbird was downsized to share a platform with the LTD II/Cougar. The 1977 model year saw Mercury drop the "Montego" name and adopt the "Cougar" name for all of their mid-sized cars, including plain 2-doors, 4-doors and and 4-door station wagons. Meanwhile, the Cougar PLC was sold as the "Cougar XR-7." The Cougar wagon was dropped for the 1978 model year (arguably replaced by the new Zephyr wagon) while the (plain) 2-door and 4-door models remained in production for the 1978 and 1979 model years. It was a major prestige blow for the Thunderbird. Underneath, the Thunderbird and Cougar XR-7 for 1977 were warmed-over versions of the failed Ford Elite (1974-1976), while the Mark V was a warmed-over version of the previous Mark IV.
  • Stuart de Baker This is depressing, and I don't own one of these.