PG Elektrus; midweek newsbriefs

January 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

Another take on the electric Elise theme: this sharky-mouthed, cartoonish Lotus-based PG Elektrus has the Elise chassis (modified) plus a custom carbonfibre/plastic body. Its powertrain gives 200kW/258lb ft, gives a range of 215 miles, and is supplemented by a solar panel on its engine deck lid which supplies enough energy to run the lights, stereo and auxilliary items. It’ll do 155mph and 0-62mph in under three seconds, apparently.  Its interior has race-style toggle switches and a start button said to look like a missile launch device’s (to fulfill your James Bond or crazy dictator fantasies, perhaps), and a selectable engine noise simulator – V8 or F1. To be built in (probably very, very) small numbers in Dusseldorf, prices from E285,600, to join PG’s range of carbon-bodied electrified bicycles (as endorsed by Orlando Bloom).

In other news today:

  • EcoMotors, developer of the OPOC (opposed-piston, opposed-cylinder) engine, is running a design competition with students on the Art Center Pasadena and College for Creative Studies, Detroit, car design courses.  The compact, super-light OPOC engine allows for different packaging and positioning in a car’s body,  says EcoMotors, which has been funded by Bill Gates and thus stands a fighting chance of bringing its concept to fruition. More on the comp at Green Car Congress.
  • The first Better Place battery-swap facilities, supporting lease-drivers of the Renault Fluence ZE, started operation in Israel this week. Roll-out in Denmark next.
  • Bogota, Columbia, is to get electric taxis: it’s part of the C40-CCI network (Clinton Climate Initiative) and the cars will be supplied by BYD (e6) and Mitsubishi (i-MiEV). More at Green Car Congress.
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