The only issue with the Tabby is that it’s not as cost-effective as buying a used car. At between €4000-€6000, the compact, dune buggy-like vehicle could hardly be thought of as a steal. In fact, if you want the Tabby to look like a real car, you’ll need to get the panelling made yourself, adding an extra expense.
On the technically side, you get the choice of a four-stroke, 5.5kW engine, or a hybrid model with a 15kW output, with the top speed varying between 69-149km/h.
I don’t pretend to understand what the “open source” aspect is — it’s not like they’re allowing people to collaborate on the design, or any aspect of the business, in a way you’d describe with the word “open”. “Modular” might have been a better option. Going by this press release, it looks like it’s trying to establish some sort of framework for people to distribute and sell DIY cars, but it doesn’t do a good job of advertising this philosophy.