Kyburz eRod: Yes, It’s The All-Electric, Road-Legal Go-Kart You Never Knew You Wanted

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We’re huge fans of exotic-looking road rockets like the Ariel Atom. Sure, it looks odd driving on the road instead of a track, but it also looks like an incredible bundle of fun. The Kyburz eRod seems to take its cue from the high-performance exotic and its ilk, but swaps in an electric drive instead of the traditional powertrain.

No, we’re not saying it’s going to drive as well as the road-proven Atom, but if you’ve already embraced electric cars, it’s probably as close as you can get to one without having to get a custom electric version.  Not that the eRod will be lacking, as it boasts some powerful performance numbers all on its own.

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The Kyburz eRod is a road-legal sports car (at least, in Switzerland where it’s made) with a half-naked tubular frame that makes it look like a go-kart and an all-electric powertrain. It comes in three flavors: basic, fun, and race. Both basic and fun get a 60-horsepower motor that pushes them to 75 mph top speeds, which sounds respectable, although the real story is the 103 pound-feet of torque, which should give the unusual ride some serious thrust. The race, on the other hand, gets a more powerful motor that puts out 200 horsepower and 202 pound-feet of torque, pushing it to top speeds of 85 mph.

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Battery range is 43 miles for the basic, 80 miles for the fun, and 137 miles for the race. Features include a half-naked tubular frame, flat-bottomed steering wheel, open sides for that go kart feel, and a barebones cabin with no luxury appointments whatsoever (not even music).

Available both as fully-assembled cars or DIY kits, pricing for the Kyburz eRod starts at €20,000.

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