EV Coupe Mixes Roadster Styling with Off-Road Capability

It is hard to keep up with all of the electric vehicle concepts that continue to pour onto the market, but one that stands out is a retro-styled sport coupe aimed at getting off of the pavement with speed and style. Alpha Motor Corporation garnered attention in December when it released its flagship model, the Ace, a rendering with promises of high performance, relatively long battery range, and impressive styling. The newest model “released” by Alpha is similar in design to the Ace, but with an off-road twist. 

The Jax is a lifted, armored, and up-fitted version of the Ace that has a stance similar to that of a Baja Bug. The exterior is striking, drawing on design elements of vintage Datsun cars from the seventies, which is a good thing. 

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The exterior of the Jax is outfitted with front and rear bull-bars, with off-road lights up front. Front and rear recovery points will make recovery of the 3,600 pound (1,633 kg) Jax, an easy affair. The fender flairs remind me of widebody Nissans of yesteryear and a glimpse of the coil-sprung front suspension can be seen peeking out from the shadows of the wheel wells. The Jax sports sixteen or seventeen inch wheels with massive slotted and drilled brake rotors barely visible behind the wheels. All-terrain tires raise the precariously low body a few inches and provide some much needed ground clearance compared to the Ace model. More lights adorn the roof rack basket, which creates some much needed cargo space as the interior cargo space is limited. 


Photo by: Alpha Motor Corporation

Photo by: Alpha Motor Corporation

The interior is well-designed, in a decidedly European style with matching patterned door and seat inserts as well as a long and sweeping dashboard with plenty of storage cubbies and compartments. Dash real estate is available due to the massive infotainment screen in the center, a design feature that will continue to be popular in new vehicles. Alpha claims enough seating for four passengers and 62.5 cubic-feet (1.77 cubic meters) of cargo space in the frunk. 


Photo by: Alpha Motor Corporation

Photo by: Alpha Motor Corporation

The Jax is powered by a single front motor in front-wheel drive or two motors for all-wheel drive with an estimated 0-60 time of 4.6 seconds. The 75 kwh battery has an estimated range of 250 miles, but the use of all-wheel drive and the skinny pedal will greatly reduce that figure. 

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The Alpha Jax starts at $38,000 USD up to $48,000 USD without the deduction of potential US tax credits totaling $7,500. You can reserve your Alpha EV today on the Alpha Motors website, but an availability date has not yet been announced.


Header photo by: Alpha Motor Corporation

Overlanding Industry News by Zach Elseman. Follow Zach @okienomads.

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