Anyway, the general project so far is this:
Step 1: EV platform
Step 2: Next Local Motors using EV platform
Well it's a little better than that:
We ARE tasked with developing a platform first. This platform is supposed to accommodate 3 different profiles; a coupe (think Miata), a sedan (think Jetta), and a mini-truck (think S-10-ish). Specific profiles, wheelbases, ride heights, etc. are to be defined by collaboration with the community.
The platform is supposed to have modular sub-frames to accommodate multiple motor, controller, and battery drive solutions. We are in communication with a number of the more prominent EV drive companies, and we will specifically design to at least 2 providers, while simply trying to stay modular enough to potentially use others.
This is strictly a plug in EV, no extended range (integrated), no hybrid drive.
The variant that we will prototype with be the coupe layout, and after the EV platform effort is done, we will work with our industrial design members to design a body and interior to apply to it.