April 2014 Newsletter

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Prototype build update, new hires, big press, and more!

  • Chetan Gohil

    When you begin C-1 production in Q4; how many units do you expetc to churn out monthly?

    • http://litmotors.com Lit Motors

      We’ll release a schedule as we near production.

      -Ryan

  • ed lee

    does a golf bag fit into a c-1 currently? if not, are you thinking about this in the future? i ride a Harley now but no way to take my golf bags unless we put a rack on the bike itself.
    love your product
    thx

    • http://litmotors.com Lit Motors

      It likely won’t fit now, but it’s definitely something on our minds. We’ll see what we can do!

      -Ryan

      • ed lee

        sound good. love to take it for a ride, play golf and take for another ride…it will be a great day.

        • ed lee

          Ryan, can you please send me an email at [email protected]. i have an important question for you. I am one of the people that has the c-1 on reserve.
          thx

        • J Winius

          That would be possible if your C-1 were equipped with a tow hitch and a small trailer.

          • ed lee

            that just won’t do…it will destroy the looks. c-1 needs to have space just enough for a golf bag.

          • J Winius

            That would also destroy its looks; a typical golf bag is pretty big. But if it would be possible to detach both the trailer *and* the tow hitch, would that be acceptable?

          • ed lee

            not for a daily golfer like me. just got to have enough room behind the driver and tint the window…now that would be awesome. it already is a 2 passenger vehicle….no?

          • J Winius

            Yes, but there still won’t be enough room inside for what you want. The area behind the driver has been described as large enough for a passenger (and I doubt a very large one) for short trips only, or a pair of shopping bags. Also, the standard golf bag is apparently about 50x12x10″, while the C-1 is 55″ tall from which you still have to subtract the distance between the surface of the back seat and the surface of the road.

          • Michael

            I am definitely thinking trailer! I’m also thinking about a custom enclosure on the trailer for a second, equal sized or larger, supplemental battery for long trips. Riser posts on the trailer supporting a flat rack with at least two 320 watt solar panels. (I do love project ideas!). Give ‘em a few years and I can see this as an optional kit package! ;). …yeah, it will spoil the awesome looks some, but it would be cool to make the drive from Dallas to Houston with no fuel (heh, or electric) stops, just a few leg stretches!

          • J Winius

            Don’t be too optimistic about the power that it’s possible to generate with portable solar panels. Also, a trailer adds drag, while heavy extra batteries make that even worse. The gains won’t be worth the investment. Better to save your money for more powerful batteries of the same weight as they become available.

  • Jan Stoothoff

    What’s the turning radius? At highway speeds the front wheel obviously doesn’t require much movement to turn. But in order to turn and maneuver into parking spaces, is another story! Unless of course it has rear wheel steering also?

    • J Winius

      If the vehicle has a total length of 280 cm and assuming the wheel base is about 60 cm less and that the front wheel’s turning angle is 50 degrees, that would result in a turning radius of about 6.85 m — more than a motorcycle, but less than your average small car.

      • http://litmotors.com Lit Motors

        Thanks for calculating that! We haven’t done that calculation yet, as the specs are not yet set in stone. J’s estimate seems to be in the right direction.

        -Ryan

  • Jesse

    Don’t know if you addressed this but what kind of security does it have. Can it be equipped with LoJack???

    • J Winius

      I’ve been told that they have something “pleasantly surprising” in mind, but I see no reason why it would not be possible to hide a LoJack transmitter somewhere in the vehicle.

    • http://litmotors.com Lit Motors

      We’ll release more details about security as we near production. TBD about LoJack, but that’s something we’re keeping in mind!

      -Ryan

  • jasonatlojack

    Hello, I work for LoJack, we are open to the possibilities. You’d definitely want to LoJack one of these. http://www.twitter.com/lojackcorp

  • Joseph Varano

    Will the windows lower?

    • Joseph Varano

      or have a moonroof?

    • http://litmotors.com Lit Motors

      Yep!

      Also: convertible/moonroof may be available as a later option, but not for the initial production run.

      -Ryan

  • Michael

    Will you be doing production in California? Is it your own facility or are you having a pre-existing company tool a line for your product? My curiosity is basically production numbers; how many units are you expecting to be able to produce in a given year? Thanks!

    • http://litmotors.com Lit Motors

      Yep, we’re setting up our own facility. We’ll release more info about the location and the facility itself as we near production. Our target is to produce approximately 1000 vehicles in our first run, and scale up as rapidly as possible from there.

      -Ryan

      • Chris Meier

        Ryan, 4 months have passed, and Q4 begins in a month. How is Lit Motors doing on prepping for Q4 shipments? When is the first unit expected to ship? By now you must have the parts pipeline queuing up to make Q4 deliveries.

        • http://litmotors.com Lit Motors

          We can’t release new information about production yet, but we’ll keep our community informed about our progress!

          -Ryan

          • Chris Meier

            Thank you for the response.

  • lilwinchester

    I can’t wait for it to be finished, I hope its goes on a tour around the country. I don’t think I can go to California to see it

  • Tommy

    I’m ready to pull my 10g’s and get an Elio. We were told production would start in first quarter of 2014. Well that dead line has come and gone with little to no info. Ryan how about a little update. If you go belly up I lose all my money. I’ve been aboard for almost 2 years. Please Ryan. Make me believe again.

    • http://litmotors.com Lit Motors

      Thanks again for your pre-order, Tommy! We appreciate it.

      As shown in our monthly newsletters, blog posts, and social media updates, we’re currently building our alpha prototype. New vehicle prototyping and development is a messy affair, and all timeline estimates given are just that: estimates. We do our best to provide accurate estimates given the available information at the time. Given the myriad variables and dependencies inherent in prototyping and development, it is very, very difficult to provide accurate estimates. As we near production, those estimates can become more accurate. Earlier estimates are almost guaranteed to be inaccurate, given the lack of available information.

      Our current target – to begin production at the end of this year – has been our target for approximately the past year. If/when that estimate needs to be revised, we’ll let our community know. Again, we appreciate your early support.

      It should also be noted that the typical new car takes about five years to go from concept to production—by large manufacturers with extensive resources and budgets. Even as a startup, we’re following that schedule; it will be approximately five years from our first incorporation as a company in 2010 to production in late 2014.

      -Ryan

      • Chris Meier

        Ryan, is there any difference between “Q4″ and “end of this year” ?

  • Terrance

    Will ABS be standard?

    • http://litmotors.com Lit Motors

      Most likely. More details to be announced as we near production.

      -Ryan

  • Jeffrey Velazquez

    I know this is going to sell like hot cakes! You guys have to build a single rider performance model.

    • http://litmotors.com Lit Motors

      Thanks! And we’ll definitely expand the C-1 platform in the future to include more specific models, such as a race/sport model.

      -Ryan

  • Jeffrey Velazquez

    May something like this:-)