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Thursday, January 05, 2006


The Eliica (Electric Lithium-Ion battery Car) is an 8-wheel 800bhp electric car invented by Hiroshi Shimizu of Keio University in Japan. It has a charge time of 10 hours, a range of more than 300km per charge, and is faster than a Porsche 911 Turbo, doing 0-60mph in four seconds, and 0-100mph in seven seconds. Maximum test speed is 370kph (230mph).


From a test drive report:
At our drive at Keio University near Tokyo, we punched the 'D' button on the dash, pointed the car down the road and flattened the gas pedal. With a faintly audible whirr of eight 100bhp in-wheel motors, the 0-60mph sprint was smooth, effortless, quiet - and surreal. The mind-boggling acceleration was on a par with that of a 500bhp GT racing car. Yet the lack of a transmission meant there were no jerky cog swaps as we were thrust back in our seat by an incredible 0.8Gs.
-- by JD


At Thursday, January 5, 2006 at 7:54:00 PM PST, Blogger Roland said...

How much? I want one.

At Friday, January 6, 2006 at 3:04:00 AM PST, Blogger Freak said...

now take this, and read up on a company called "a123 battery"

That is the coolest thing I have ever seen....

At Friday, January 6, 2006 at 12:14:00 PM PST, Blogger John Markos O'Neill said...

Love that design! It reminds me of "cars of the future" from the 60s. Of course, in the 60s, I hadn't been born yet but fortunately, I could check the 15-year old book out from the library.

"In the year 1975, we'll all be driving cars like these."

At Friday, January 6, 2006 at 12:22:00 PM PST, Blogger John Markos O'Neill said...

It also looks a lot like a 1962 Citro├źn ID Wagon, which, for some reason, makes me think of Inspector Clouseau. Did he drive one of those?

At Friday, January 6, 2006 at 5:22:00 PM PST, Blogger popmonkey said...

john, no, i'm thinking fantomas! :)

man that thing is crazy looking. but of course with 8 tires that's a lot of petroleum wasted. >:)

At Friday, January 6, 2006 at 7:20:00 PM PST, Blogger John Markos O'Neill said...

OMG, you're right, popmonkey!

At Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 11:08:00 PM PST, Blogger The Masked Lemming said...

Wow. Deploy a few hundred million of those as cars along with airplanes and boats and gee .. . wowz. . . problem solved!


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