The past five years has seen a flurry of would-be green automakers come and go, from the small CNG taxi company VPG to the billion-dollar flop known as the Fisker Karma. Dubuc Motors out of Quebec, Canada has few details but big promises for its plug-in hybrid supercar dubbed the Tomahawk.
The modest goals for the Tomahawk include a 275-mile driving range, a 140 MPH top speed, seating for four people, standard air suspension, and a 0 to 60 MPH time of around 3 seconds. More impressive is the plan to offer all of this via a plug-in hybrid drivetrain for less than $100,000 (U.S. that is). Just what sorts of motors or engines Dubuc Motors will use to power the Tomahawk apparently hasn’t been worked out yet, because that info isn’t anywhere in the press release.
Made entirely from aluminum, Dubuc has already completed the first Tomahawk prototype, though they don’t plan to roll out a production-intent version until 2016. Actual production won’t begin until 2017 though, if Dubuc hasn’t gone belly-up by then. Having been writing about the rise and fall of many would-be green automakers, I’m pretty jaded when it comes to outlandish-sounded promises from fresh-faced companies.
For every Tesla Motors there seems to be two or three Fisker (though not all register on the same scale), and Dubuc Motors is still seeking investors to make this wild-eyed dream come true. Is this the last we’ll hear of Dubuc Motors and the Tomahawk? My crystal ball is on the fritz, but my Magic 8 Ball says “Outlook Not Good.”