Ecospin’s offices are in Dudley and manufacturing and assembly in Leicestershire. Most of the parts for the Raptor (brochure online) are sourced locally and all assembly is completed in the region.
Managing director Paul Loomes said the big break came when the firm was approached by global vehicle manufacturer Vectrix, who wanted to take the Raptor and distribute it in North America under the ES3 brand: “They were impressed with our vehicle’s speed, range and ability to be driven over all forms of terrain, including gravel, grass and up steep hills”. 350 units will be going to distributors in the US and Australia.
Paul Loomes (automotive design) and his brother David (electronics expert) set up Ecospin Ltd to launch the ‘Raptor’, tapping into support from the Midlands Assembly Network. The Raptor, which starts from £6,500, is the first in a series of electric-powered vehicles planned by the Loomes brothers; there are now £1.5m of orders in the pipeline.
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