|The public road test Eliica. Click to enlarge.|
The Keio University team behind the eight-wheeled electric Eliica (earlier post) has introduced the latest version of the speedster at the Tokyo Motor Show—a public road test car with a bit more of a roomy-sedan feel than the earlier record-setter.
The Eliica uses a lithium-ion battery pack (328V, 55kWh) and eight 60-kW in-wheel motors that generate 100 Nm of torque each to achieve a maximum vehicle speed of 370 km/h (230 mph) with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds.
The motor, reduction gear, wheel bearing, and braking system are integrated in a single unit, and the suspension arm adapter is attached to the outer motor casing. Because all the wheels are driven, spin is minimized and the vehicle can be easily controlled, even under difficult road conditions.
The Eliica—short for Electric Lithium-Ion battery Car—was created by Hiroshi Shimizu and the Keio University Electric Vehicle Laboratory in Tokyo.
The Eliica project is an industry-university cooperative project involving 35 companies and the research staff and students of Keio University.