One of WakeWorld's long-time community members, Chris Anthony, founder of Epic Wake Boats and co-founder of Aptera, is continuing to expand his electric vehicle reach. He has enterered into a partnership with Caddo Manufacturing in Vivian, Louisiana to not only make Epic's electric boats, but also expand into into electric land vehicles. The San Diego-based CEO showed up in the Northeast corner of Louisiana last week with prototypes of its first two land vehicles, a topless road-going three-wheeler with seating for two called the Torq and an off-road ATV named the Amp.
The partnership will create about 200 immediate jobs in the Vivian area in order to fill current orders and could create up to 500 positions altogether. Anyone interested in these jobs should stop by Caddo Manufacturing to apply.
As for the two new vehicles, the preliminary specs look quite promising. Both use lithium iron phosphate (LiFePo4) battery packs developed by Flux Power, Anthony's other company. The Torq is said to offer 200 horsepower and should weigh 1,700 lbs with a pack holding between 24 and 30 kWh of energy. Performance figures are not yet available but it looks capable of dishing out a pretty wild ride – maybe it's those Cadillac-reminiscent headlight clusters.
The Amp looks even more aggro. It features a motor that can put out 54 hp, giving it a top speed just north of 50 miles per hour. Its 14.4 kWh battery pack is said to give it about 60 miles of range. Impressively, it offers 10 inches of ground clearance, is independently suspended front and back and uses hydraulic disc brakes to slow down.
According to a new Epic website at evEpic.com, we should hear more about these machines this fall. If you want an early glimpse, take a look at the news coverage below.