Free to use. Modular EV platform. Automotive grade.


What is it?


TABBY EVO is a hardware open source platform for electric vehicles. Free to use, available to everyone. Automotive grade.

It’s the 2nd generation of our EV platform: now it’s harder, better, faster and stronger.

It is an open source framework for the creation of vehicles: it can be used to bootstrap businesses (electric vehicle startups), to create your own vehicle, for education purposes, and much more.

By using it you can save millions of dollars and years of R&D.

2D & 3D CAD files can be downloaded in the website’s download section.

Inspiration: Tabby cats are cute, sharp and very intelligent. Although other cats are also intelligent, these cats learn well to live with humans and enjoy their lives.



Speed (Km/h)

Range (Km)

Power (kW)

Weight (kg) 2 seats version

* Performance numbers are for research and testing purposes only and may vary.

Top Speed
Depends on the bodywork
100 Km/h (62 mph), platform only
129 Km/h (80 mph), but depends on the bodywork and low Cx coefficient

Max Range on standard batteries
Depends on the bodywork
80 Km (50 mi), platform only
120 Km (75 mi), but depends on the bodywork and low Cx coefficient

Max Climb*
Stable at 25%
* Depends on final vehicle weight

Approach and departure angles*
Approach angle: 35 degrees
Departure angle: N/A (wheels are behind the chassis)
* Note: Platform only, numbers will change with weight and exterior body designs

2 seats
Dimension: (mm) 2330 x 1488 x 1380 | (in): 91.73 x 58.58 x 54.33
Weight (batteries included): (kg) 520 | (lb): 1.146,4
Weight without batteries: (kg) 380 | (lb): 837,75
Wheel base: (mm) 1650 | (in): 64.96

Dimension & weight assembled including batteries and wooden crates:
Dimension: (mm) 2540 (L) x 1670 (W) x 1500 (H) | (in) 100.00 x 65.75 x 59.06 (H)
Platform weight: (kg) 570 | (lb) 1,256.6
Batteries: (mm) 880 (L) x 830 (W) x 590 (H) | (in) 34.65 (L) x 32.68 (W) x 23.23 (H)
Batteries weight: (kg) 215 | (lb) 474

4 seats
Dimension (mm): 3033 x 1488 x 1380 | (in): 119.4 x 58.58 x 54.33
Weight (batteries included): (kg) 570 | (lb): 1.256.6
Weight without batteries: (kg) 430 | (lb): 948
Wheel base (mm): 2350 | (in): 92.52

Dimension & weight assembled including wooden crates:
Dimension: (mm) 3240 (L) x 1670 (W) x 1500 (H) | (in) 127.6 (L) x 65.75 (W) x 59.06 (H)
Platform weight: (kg) 670 | (lb) 1,477.1
Batteries: (mm) 880 (L) x 830 (W) x 590 (H) | (in) 34.65 (L) x 32.68 (W) x 23.23 (H)
Batteries weight: (kg) 215 | (lb) 474


Technology: welded and screwed tubes
Material: steel S235JR – Painted frame
Assembled chassis weight: 105 kg (2 seats) – 130 kg (4 seats)

Steering system
Rack and pinion
Turn radius: 4m (2-seat), 5m (4-seat)
Power steering: optional (surcharge)

Braking system
Front and rear disc brakes
Regenerative braking configured at 10% to prevent abrupt slowdowns
ABS system: optional (surcharge)

Suspension systems
Front and rear McPherson

Rims: steel
Tires: 175/55R15 Pirelli P1 “green” tires (low rolling friction)

Safety Equipment
Emergency switch
Roll-bar not included (due to impact on final vehicle design)
Other mandatory safety systems depends on the final design of customer


Electric motor
AC asynchronous high performance electric motor
Rated voltage: 80Vac
Rated power: 19kW
Rated current: 235A
Max current: 400A (electronically limited)
Max power: 29,5kW @ 2500 rpm
Max torque: 128Nm @ 500 rpm
Max efficiency: 91,97% @ 5000 rpm
Max power factor: 0,97


DC/DC converter
80/12 100W

Motor controller
Vector control

Reduction gearbox ratio

Drive shaft
Front wheel drive


Battery pack
24 elements LIFePO4, 160Ah, 82V (12,8 kWh of stored energy)
Single element: 3.4V, 160Ah
Battery life: 5,000 charges at 80% Depth of Discharge

Battery charger
Input: 220V 10A – Output: 80V 25A
Charge time: up to 7 hours at input voltage and current

Battery Management System
Max voltage: 93V
Phase 1: required current 100%
Phase 2: required current 50%
Balance cells phase: required current 14%
Passive control


Categories supported

HEAVY QUADRICYCLES (EU L7e category, middle speed)

A vehicle with four wheels, other than that classified for the category L6, whose unladen mass is not more than 400 kg (550 kg for vehicles intended for carrying goods), not including the mass of batteries in the case of electric vehicles and whose maximum continuous rated power does not exceed 15 kW.

e.g. Citroen Amì, Renault Twizy 80, Nissan NMC, Tazzari Zero, Grecav, Town Life Ginevra GTB

LIGHT QUADRICYCLES (EU L6e category, US LSV NEV low speed)
A vehicle with four wheels whose unladen mass is not more than 350 kg, not including the mass of the batteries in case of electric vehicles, whose maximum design speed is not more than 45 km/h, and whose engine cylinder capacity does not exceed 50 cm³ for spark (positive) ignition engines, or whose maximum net power output does not exceed 4 kW in the case of other internal combustion engines, or whose maximum continuous rated power does not exceed 4 kW in the case of electric engines.



e.g. Renault Twizy 45, Nissan NMC, Aixam, Chatenet, Ligier, Freeduck

(coming soon) Power-driven vehicles having at least four wheels, used for the carriage of passengers and comprising not more than eight seats in addition to the driver’s seat.

e.g. BMW i3, Tesla Model S X 3, Smart Electric, Nissan Leaf, Renault ZOE



We heard your feedback! Because some of our major customers and partners asked us for high road keeping capabilities at higher speed (up to 130 km/h – 80 miles/h ) and higher frame stiffness and robustness (for emerging countries) which were difficult to satisfy with the first TABBY design so we decided to push forward the TABBY EVO platform which can meet those requirements.

Now it’s harder, better, faster, and stronger.


See the evolution

click on photos to see all the details

2 seats version


4 seats version


1 hour assembly

harder, better, faster and stronger

3D files

version: TABBY EVO v.0.1
Released: April 2015

License (free for personal, academic, and commercial use)
Creative Commons License TABBY by Open Motors (formerly OSVehicle) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Based on a work at Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at

Brochure: Specifications & BOM (Bill of Materials)

version: TABBY EVO brochure with specifications & bom (public) 1.0


  • Google Docs online
  • PDF downloadable

Pages: 12
Released: March 2021




Ideal for EV startups, Autonomous Driving startups, Research Labs, Universities, IT companies, etc…

Disclaimer: we can’t share many testimonials, since we signed NDAs with most of our customers


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The wait is over. Now you can buy TABBY EVO online

Do you have a great idea?

Do you want to develop your car?

You can start developing on TABBY EVO today: right now we are selecting the best startup projects and partners to work and test together our platform in order to speed up the time to market.

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What is included

  • Frame (Chassis)
  • Suspension system (Front & Rear)
  • Steering system
  • Braking system
  • Basic controls
  • Cabling (CAN bus)
  • Two seats
  • Wheels, rims, and tires (15′)
  • Batteries
  • BMS (Battery Management System)
  • Motor
  • Motor controller
  • DC-DC Converter
  • Battery Charger