Dutch automaker previews lightweight electric roadster

The Carice MK1\'s design pays homage to the Porsche 356.

A small Dutch company called Carice Motors has published a full set of details about the first car it is selling to the general public.

Called MK1, Carice's latest creation takes the form of a tiny two-seater roadster whose design pays homage to the iconic Porsche 356. The MK1 features a plastic body that rides on a backbone chassis, a setup that lowers the roadster's weight to just 771 pounds and gives it a 50/50 weight distribution.

The MK1 boasts a retro-inspired cockpit with a three-spoke wood-rimmed steering wheel, bucket seats and an uncluttered metal dashboard that boasts three analog gauges as well as an assortment of switches and warning lights. A hard top is not available but the MK1 comes standard with a tonneau cover.

Technical details are vague at best, but Carice says the MK1 will be offered with either 20 or 54 horsepower. Regardless of tune, the motor will get electricity from a lithium-ion battery pack cleverly integrated into the chassis.

Just ten examples of the MK1 will be hand-built in a small warehouse, a process that takes about three months. Each car will cost €26,620 (roughly $36,182) and buyers will be able to order a small gasoline-burning range-extender at an extra cost.

Carice has not announced whether the MK1 will be sold outside of Holland. Its future product plans remain largely a mystery, but the company has confirmed it is planning on offering a hydrogen-powered version of the diminutive roadster in the near future.

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