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Miles L. bets China can help him win the to get a full-speed electric vehicle on highways

Miles L. Rubin a group of car dealers and employees to the lot alongside Miles Electric office in Santa Monica, He admires the curves of a sedan a snug-fitting sheet before a executive dramatically whisks off the For all the parking lot hoopla, the much car is rather nondescript.

What’s is inside: Under the hood is an motor powered by a 700-pound battery.

The Miles XS500, as called, is the company’s first highway car to arrive from It is a midsize car Rubin, company believes is zippy and affordable to shake up the auto biz when go on sale in as many as 100 dealerships next year. The four-door which picks up where Motors and Toyota left off in the plug on their offerings a decade ago, will a top speed of 80mph. With a that starts at $35,000, it cost as much as a low-end

But will consumers buy it?

The Miles will be the first highway-speed car in China on sale in the U.S. The of the vehicle is the same that’s on the Saibao 3, a gasoline-powered sedan by Hafei Automobile Group in China, where it sells for Instead of a gasoline engine and a tank, it has an ac electric motor and battery.

It will be perhaps the affordable among the electric due out in the next few years. Rubin to sell 30,000 XS500s in to two-car families that are to ditch one gas-powered car or hybrid for an vehicle. Its 120-mile range (on terrain) might be enough for

So what if this electric car is looking? Call it the Birkenstock of the world–a practical, plain-looking that says a thing or two the people who buy it. Rubin believes upper-middle-class Americans will his set of wheels to save money on gas and Miles Electric’s XS500 charge overnight from a wall socket for $2.75 or so. you buy a gasoline car you’re signing an contract that once a you’ll stop by the gasoline and pay $50 to $100 for the right to drive,” he

Without a radiator, muffler, and motor oil to fix or replace, “this car put $300 per month in everyone’s says Joseph Cardinale, who a chain of 13 car dealerships in California and and plans to sell the Miles

It will be a long time the car does the same for Rubin, who $30 million of his own money to develop it. He say how much it costs his company to each XS500, but experts peg the of the batteries at $25,000. Rubin, who a Toyota Prius hybrid, he can get the price of the batteries to $6,000 five years.

He did just get a of confidence in the form of $15 million the Angeleno Group, a private company in Los Angeles. But his dream to a positive impact on the environment “in my looks like a long

Like other carmakers, wants to use lithium-ion batteries they can store more per unit of volume than batteries, now used in the Prius. But is just now being tested in Although common in computers and phones, batteries using element can dangerously overheat, a that grabbed headlines a laptop computer with a lithium-ion battery burst flames in a boardroom in South two years ago and triggered a recall by The danger of overheating increases batteries are big enough to power a

Rubin says Miles power source, Tianjin Battery Joint-Stock, claims to created a battery that overheat by replacing heat-generating oxide electrodes with iron phosphate.

Early year Miles Electric the first batteries in four prototypes. Testers in China are the cars around the clock. aims to have 30 prototypes on the in the U.S. and China this so contract testing companies can problems. Rubin plans to the battery, which is supposed to ten years, for at least 125,000 to ease buyer doubts.

He knows it will be hard to some skeptics even he likes to point out that dominates the market for these in cell phones and laptops. Chinese, 20 years ago, hard put to make a flashlight he says.

The safety of the Chinese-made itself is another question particularly since Miles 700-pound battery, situated the floor of the car, would add to the of any collision. The Hafei car hasn’t tested to see if it conforms to American standards, but China has a dismal for safety. The German Adac club last summer the crash-test results for a small sedan by Brilliance of Hong “catastrophic.”

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Miles Electric to spend $6 million to install air that meet U.S. It will begin crash-testing the this month. “We’re of the fact that we’re to be under the microscope,” says Boyd, Miles Electric’s of operations. “Without safety we have a business.”

Rubin has a with energy conservation. In the 1970s he bankrolled the development of a cell. It didn’t work well.

Following the oil crisis in 1973, helped create the Energy Committee, which lobbied to enact fuel economy with money from Paul Newman.

After at a number of companies, including Manufacturing, maker of parachutes and seats for the U.S. military, in Rubin founded Polo Lauren Jeanswear, the clothing of the American fashion house. He it to $500 million in sales by when he sold out to Jones Around the same time he another company, Sun/Greater Apparel Group, to a partner for million.

In 2005 the price of a of oil topped $50. Rubin a small group of engineers year to work out the details of his car, a low-speed electric called the zx40. The car, the Chinese-made vehicle larger a motorcycle certified for sale in the has a lead-acid battery and a top speed of

Miles Electric sold 500 of the vehicle in 2007.

Those are helping the company pave the way for the which has rivals in the race to an eco-friendly vehicle for the mass Rival Phoenix Motorcars plans an electric vehicle year. Tesla Motors, is developing an electric luxury that will sell for

In March Nissan jumped of bigger automakers to announce to introduce an electric car in the U.S. in

Rubin says he cares about saving the environment making money. “If I turn and all the majors say, ‘Surprise, ready to go!’ and they’re of us, I’m not going to shed any tears,” he “I will have accomplished

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