COSTA MESA — Were he still alive today, James Dean may have been a rebel with a "green" cause had he cruised the open highways in a 550 Porsche Spyder all-electric replica.
The sleek, semi-automatic, fiberglass vehicle powered by two lithium-ion batteries — one in the front and one in the rear, which provides additional stability though equal-weight distribution — is the newest all-electric roadster launched by South Coast Electric Cars.
The dealership held a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday afternoon, with public and city officials present. The 27,000-square-foot showroom at 1880 Newport Blvd. also features a selection of electric Vectrix motorcycles, Busetti Vortex mountain bikes and a Kandi COCO two-seater vehicle.
"A lot of the past years have been rough on businesses," said Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer. "So every day that a business opens its doors here in Costa Mesa, it's a big deal."
But the main draw of the showroom was the Spyder and a green and white convertible 1957 Porsche Speedster, another all-electric replica. Both vehicles were listed as $34,900 — down from the regular $49,900 price — as a special opening deal.