Peugeot promotes an electric record-breaker

September 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

Peugeot has built a one-off electrically-propelled two-seat roadster – adnd broken some speed records with it straight away. The EX1, “a performance car of the future”,  has been created to celebrate Peugeot’s 200th anniversary and to highlight the possibilities of electric motoring. It’s built around a lightweight exoskeleton structure, with an aerodynamic water droplet shape tapering to close-set rear wheels, and made from a carbon/honeycomb composite. Drive comes from a motor at each axle, with a total peak power of 340bhp and torque of 240Nm.

And the speed records, set at the Montlhery Circuit? A standing-start one-eighths of a mile in 8.89 seconds, a quarter-mile in 14.4 seconds, 500m in 16.81 seconds, a half-mile in 23.85 seconds, 1000m in 28.16 seconds and a mile in 41.09 seconds, all milestones for an electrically-powered terrestrial vehicle weighing less than 1000kg.  At the wheel was explorer and film-maker Nicolas Vanier, and further record runs are planned.

The EX1 comes complete with a solar-panelled garage, designed to be a stand-alone, cable-free charging station. It’ll be on display at Peugeot’s showrooms on the Champs-Elysees, Paris, until mid-November.

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