Originally launched as a gas-powered fun machine by Bruce Meyers in 1964, the iconic Manx dune buggy should soon be available in all-electric form.
Now operating under the name of Meyers Manx Inc., the company produces various iterations of the original, and Bruce Meyers’ latest spin off will be in partnership with Las Vegas-based Rev-TEC for the electric-powered version.
The prototype electric Manx shown May 13 is one of several energy-saving and environmentally friendly models Rev-TEC and Meyers Manx intend to introduce in the near future, said the partners.
The electric-powered dune buggy will be called the Manx V and all will be powered by Rev-TEC components.
Without sharing details, Meyers Manx stated while some Manx V models will fit the definition of kit car, most will fit the category of Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEV).
In most states an NEV is defined as a Low Speed Vehicle (LSV). It can be legally driven at speeds up to 25 mph on public roads with speed limits no higher than 35 mph. In a few states those speed limits are 35 mph and 45 mph, respectively. To qualify as an NEV, Manx V models will have to pass specific federal and state regulations.
Rev-Tec Corp, providing the electric powerplant, is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev. and said it designs, develops, manufactures, markets and distributes application specific battery/energy storage systems utilizing Rev-TEC’s proprietary technologies and intellectual property in large lithium-ion cells and battery systems. Rev-TEC added it also manufactures task-oriented electric vehicles.
A little bit on Meyers Manx’s history
B.F. Meyers & Co., first based in Newport Beach, CA, was established in 1964 with the completion of Old Red, the first-ever fiberglass dune buggy. After only 12 of these monocoques were produced, Bruce Meyers changed the format to use the Volkswagen Beetle floorpan for its sub-structure.
The Meyers Tow’d, Manx SR and Manx 2 rounded out the menu of the companies offerings. Bruce Meyers left the company in 1970 and the company ceased operations in 1971.
In 1999, Bruce and Winnie Meyers reopened this fiberglass kit car company under the name of Meyers Manx Inc. Headquartered in Valley Center, CA, it opened with an offering of the Classic Manx, signature series of 100. Meyers Manx Inc. now offers the Manxter 2+2, Manxter DualSport, Kick-Out Traditional and Kick-Out S.S.
On the weekend of May 3-4, 2014, Old Red was recognized by the Historic Vehicle Association as the second automobile to be inducted into a permanent archive of significant historic vehicles within the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and a separate, newly created National Historic Vehicle Register, through a collaboration with the US Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, Heritage Documentation Programs and the Library of Congress.