Blaze, a Japanese company specializing in the manufacture of electric scooters, has expanded its range further. This is not the first car in the company’s range, as the Next Cruiser EV, a reduced electric-engined World War II Jeep, was already introduced earlier. Now it’s time for a miniature single-seater 1930s race car.
Available in four colors: white, black, green and red, the Blaze EV Classic is not exactly dwarf in size, as it is almost 2.3 metres long and has a width of just under 1.2 metres. So we’ve gained 200 kilos of weight, with the battery tipping the scales at a tenth of that.
The car features a classic design with open wheels and an open cockpit. There’s room for one adult in the car – or should I say in the vehicle. It’s enhanced with British sports car-inspired wire-spoke wheels and LED headlights with classic housings. The car also features a differential gear to help the car’s coercing ability.
The electric car has the technology of a real car, as the power is transmitted to the wheels via the differential. The operating distance is promised to be 50 kilometres and the top speed is the same number, i.e. 50 kilometres per hour. With the home charger, the battery can be fully charged in eight hours at the end of the ride.
Blaze’s EV Classic is a bit like Bugatti’s recently introduced Baby. Bugatti’s Baby is a 75 percent size replica of a real car and reaches a top speed of 68 km/h. Unlike the Bugatti, the EV Classic doesn’t really appear to be designed to look like any monoposto in particular, but is rather a general homage to race cars from the 1930s.
However, the two differ on one important issue. Bugatti’s small car costs almost 60,000 euros/$70.000. The price of the Blaze EV Classic in Japan, on the other hand, is 880,000 yen, or about 7,000 euto/$8,500 at current exchange rates.
In other words, Blaze isn’t cheap either, but definitely much more affordable. As battery technology advances to become more power-dense and cheaper, these types of sustainability vehicles may become more commonplace.
For now, the Blaze EV Classic is only available in Japan. It’s available in four colors – Reflect silver, Noir black, Smoky green, and Mystic red – and the company is offering several accessories, such as a dedicated car cover, spare battery, accessory case, and spare AC adapter.
Would you like to have one? I would! Come into the beautiful world of Blaze (translated).