If Inabikari can pull off its quest, it hopes to become a European alternative to Tesla but is doing things differently from the California company that (also) does things differently.
In this case, the Latvian/German-based start-up says it’s the first to use crowd funding to raise initial funds for an all-electric crossover that would favorably compete with Tesla’s Model X with more than 400 miles range, 0-60 in 5 seconds.
For now images and details of the Rev.01 utilizing an “Intelligent Drive System” are limited, but the company sent us over what info it could, apologizing because some not-yet-patented proprietary info is being kept back at this juncture.
What’s known is the Inabikari R&D team counts members from Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, UK, China and they’ve penned a first car merging elements from Tesla, the Range Rover Evoque and BMW’s X6.
Power and efficiency potential is promised, says company rep Vasili Makouski, based on smart use of existing technologies, plus the team’s “innovative power distribution unit, also new kind of capacitors for recuperation energy, and a few other innovations.”
“Inabikari’s mission is to develop and manufacture new technologies geared toward clean energy generation and distribution,” said Makouski. “Innovation and promotion of a clean future is the company’s core value and the motivation behind each design concept.”
An all-wheel-drive version is planned, as well as a front wheel drive, and Makouski says the car will be throughly modern inside and out.
The company is seeking a first wave of $100,000 toward a $1 million goal. Its present campaign is worldwide, and its website asks donors to pitch in online to let them build the car.
The project for now is based in Latvia and Germany but Makouski says headquarters will soon move to London, UK.
The big teaser is the Tesla-beating headline, but we suspect more details will need to be delivered to sell the dream. But while the team is not exactly opening up its garage door quite yet, Makouski says it is hard at work on a multi-year timeline.
Its website says the idea for the car originated in 2008, the company got started in 2010, and was formally formed in 2013. If plans come to pass, goals are to begin work on a prototype next year, and show a pre-production car that same year.
The several-year plan would also open for conventional investors in 2016 once the company has gained more traction with the public, and the goal would be sales start in 2017.
At least, this they say they will do with sufficient funding. For more info, see www.indiegogo.com.