Independent vehicle manufacturer Valmet will be showing off a new concept car previewing an all-electric hatchback at next month’s 2010 Geneva Motor Show, which the company eventually plans to produce. If the Valmet name sounds familiar that’s because it’s the Finnish company currently employed to build the Porsche Boxster, although that contract will soon be coming to end, and this Spring it will start producing the Fisker Karma luxury plug-in hybrid.
However, the ambitious firm plans to evolve into its own car company and one of the first models it’s planning is the Eva. No details have been released apart from this teaser sketch, which reveals a conventional hatchback body with a few artistic elements.
According to reports coming out of Europe, the Eva will be able to seat four adults and drive up to 160 miles on a single charge. Supplying the electric technology for the Eva is a European consortium called Fortum that has operations in Scandinavia and Russia.
As odd as it may seem, Valmet is not alone in its quest to grow its own brand by launching an electric vehicle. At last year’s Geneva event Italian design house and coachbuilder Pininfarina unveiled a similar vehicle called the B0 (pronounced B-zero) that it plans to launch next year.