Vanderhall goes electric for its edison2 three-wheeler roadster


vanderhall motorworks unveils its compact three-wheeled electric roadster at the 2017 progressive international motorcycle show in long beach, california. an electric vehicle dubbed the ‘edison2’, it joins the ohio based company’s retro-styled ‘venice‘ roadster.

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vanderhall paints the ‘edison2’ as a tribute to the thomas edison-henry ford electric car project more than 100 years ago, by painting it any color the customer wants — so long as it is black. the electric model replaces the 1.4 l turbocharged GM four-cylinder engine, with a dual AC motors and a 30 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. acceleration is instantaneous from the immediately available torque driving the front wheels. this propels the roadster from 0-60 mph in four seconds, and depending on driving conditions, range can exceed 200 miles (322 km) per full charge. many of the ‘edison2’ components have similar underpinnings to the ‘venice’ model, while standard brembo brakes halt the roadster from 60-0 mph in less than 85 feet.