Caterham, seems to be moving without saying much to make electric cars. Bob Laishley, CEO of Caterham recently announced that the company is building the company’s first electric car, called the Seven.
Bob said Caterham had already done a lot of experimenting with the company’s first EV model. Experiments were carried out on the sidelines of the production of Seven cars with internal combustion engines
Bob himself still believes cars with internal combustion engines will still exist for the next decade. The biggest challenge for electric cars, according to Bob, is the basic concept that goes against the spirit of Caterham.
Laishley said he wanted to launch a car without power steering, ABS or airbags, though the EV’s instant grunt might prompt him to succumb to traction control.
He also promised the first EV would have a strong Seven aura. Will have steel chamber frames (but different ones) as they are easy to modify in production if you need to.
The Caterham Seven will have a six-panel body encased in aluminum or carbon: two sills, two doors plus front and rear clamshell openings.
“It will be prettier and more modern than the Seven – that would be a big point of difference – and it will probably have a roof. We designed it as a pure EV from the start, with rear drive only, and it will be registered under SVA rules.”