Peugeot Has Unveiled A

high-performance EV prototype, which should shortly be confirmed to be one of the fastest battery cars in the world: the EXl. The carbon-fibre concept car weighs just under 1000kg with its 30kWh of lithium-ion batteries aboard. It is powered by one electric motor per axle, each supplying l26kW and a constant 240Nm of torque.

Late last month at the Linas-Montlhery Autodrome just south of Palis, the EX l put in a number of timed acceleration runs which, if confirmed by the HA, will mate it the world's fastest-accelerating EV over six different distances. The car dispatched a standing quarter mile in I4.4sec. a standing kilometre in 28.16sec and a standing mile in 41,09sec. It also recorded a mean 0-1 OOkm/h dash in 3.55sec and a top speed of 265km/h.

Peugeot claims it was running conservatively, and that it should be capable of zipping from standstill to l OOkm/h in well under 3.0sec at its optimum settings. The car's rear track is considerably narrower than the front one, allowing it to be teardrop-shaped for top aerodynamics.

Suspension takes the form of double wishbones at the front, but there's a motorbike-like swingarm at the rear, inside of which both rear-wheel housings and the electric motors are located.

"The EXl is a one-off,' said Peugeot design director Gilles Vidal. 'It has been built to push the boundaries of electric vehicle performance; to show what Peugeot could make, given the design and engineering resources at its disposal. We don't expect to put it into production, but if there is enough interest in the car, it wouldn't be impossible as a very low-volume proposition.' PC

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