Sporty two-seat electric roadster is a unique fusion of retro style and modern tech

Patak Rodster Sporty Two-seat Electric Roadster
The Patak Rodster merges 1930s retro design with modern technology. Images courtesy Patak Motors

The Patak Rodster by Slovakia’s Patak Motors heralds a return to the past with its stunning retro design that captures the essence of the classic roadsters from the 1930s, while also embracing the future with its advanced electric powertrain. This intriguing two-seater, positioned in a niche between small cars and motorcycles, embodies the spirit of a “gentleman’s car,” as it is touted by the company, offering a unique blend of style, performance, and contemporary technological features.

Developed since 2020, the Rodster encapsulates a vintage aura and features details reminiscent of historical automotive elegance. With 19-inch spoked alloy wheels, round LED headlights, and bullet-style rear lights coupled with a central lighting strip, the Rodster doesn’t shy away from its commitment to a classical aesthetic. Customers can choose between an open-top configuration for a breezy city drive, or opt for a folding roof version, catering to preferences and practicalities.

Not only is the exterior a nod to the bygone era, but the interior also follows suit with a high-style steering wheel crafted from a combination of wood and metal, and a similarly wooden dashboard. Despite its retro aesthetics, the Rodster doesn’t compromise on modern functionalities. It is equipped with a multi-function touchscreen display that can support features like Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, ensuring that the vehicle meets contemporary driving and connectivity needs.

Powering the Patak Rodster is a 15-kW electric motor, providing a lively performance that allows the car to reach speeds of up to 130 km/h (80 mph). It accelerates from 0 to 50 km/h (31 mph) in a spirited seven seconds. Potential buyers can choose between two battery pack options: a 10-kWh and a 20-kWh.

Patak Rodster Two-seat Electric Car Battery Options
The Patak Rodster electric microcar is available with a 20-kWh battery, offering a remarkable per-charge range of up to 250 km.

The latter, when fully charged, promises a substantial range of up to 250 km (155 miles), making it suitable for city commuting and weekend getaways alike. Charging is versatile, with an estimated 4-hour charge time on a 230-V wall outlet, and compatibility with public chargers via a Type 2 connection, adding to the vehicle’s convenience.

Regarding practicality and ease of use, the Rodster shines with dimensions of 3,360 x 1,360 x 1,395 mm, facilitating easier parking in urban environments. Interestingly, it aims to be accessible to drivers as young as 16 in various parts of Europe, falling under the Group B/B1 license category.

Patak Rodster Two-seat Spoked Wheels
The Patak Rodster rolls on striking 19-inch spoked wheels, and is available in configurations of a 15-kW electric motor or a conventional 4-stroke internal combustion engine (ICE).

Patak Motors has commenced taking reservations for the Rodster. According to a press statement, production is expected to kick off towards the end of the year. For those keen on owning this blend of classic and contemporary automotive art, a down payment of €500 is required to secure a spot in the queue.

Patak Rodster Steering Wheel Wooden Dash
The Patak Rodster features a high-style steering wheel made from wood and metal, and a wooden dash too.

In terms of pricing, the electric model of the Patak Rodster is anticipated to start at €22,900 (approximately US$24,225), offering a reasonable entry point for a vehicle that marries old-world charm with modern electric efficiency. The gas-powered version will have a starting price of €16,900. Notably, the first 300 units will hold the distinction of being uniquely numbered, adding an exclusive touch to this innovative, retro-styled offering.

Patak Rodster Two-seat Electric Car Test Drive
Throughout the rest of 2023, test drives for the Patak Rodster prototypes are being arranged across Europe.

Source: Patak Motors