|The Lightning GT reveal at the British Motor Show. Click to enlarge.|
A number of new electric vehicles are making their debut at the British International Motor Show (23 July-3 August) in London, ranging from the high-performance UK-designed and built Lightning GT sports car to low-speed imports from China.
The Lightning GT (earlier post) uses a 35 kWh battery pack with 30 Altairnano large-format NanoSafe batteries and four 120 kW Hi-Pa Drive in-wheel motors from PML Flightlink Ltd. The car features full traction control and regenerative braking on all four wheels independently. The Lightening will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds when fully developed, and has a top speed of 130 mph.
|The Quiet Car 2.|
Quiet Car Company is showing a battery-electric conversion of the Chinese Hafei Lobo five-door hatchback, an small car designed by Italian styling house Pininfarina. The Quiet Car 2 has a lithium-ion battery pack and offers a range of around 65 miles on a full, 5-hour charge. Top speed is 50 mph.
The conversion displaces the engine with the battery pack, and uses a rear-mounted electric motor to drive the rear wheels. Much of the electric drivetrain equipment is fitted under the rear seats. QCC is taking orders for the £12,995 (US$25,900) car, but deliveries won’t start until October or November.
|The NICE Ze-O.|
The NICE (No Internal Combustion Engine) Car Company brought three debuts and two concepts to the London show. The company premiered a Chinese-made five-door hatchback EV, the Ze-O. Built in China but styled in Italy by Bertone, the Ze-O MPV is a version of the Changhe Ideal, a car introduced in China in 2006.
Initial versions of the Ze-O will use an 18 kWh AGM sealed lead acid battery pack, with a lithium-ion option offering longer range to come. The £13,995 (US$27,900) vehicle has a 65 mile range in typical city driving with a top speed of 50 mph.
NICE’s MyCar two-seat electric city car is built in Hong Kong, and uses a 8.5 kWh lead gel deep cycle battery pack to deliver a 40-mile range with a top speed of 40 mph. The vehicle is priced from £8,995 (US$18,000) and goes on sale this fall.
The new version of the Mega City, on sale now, sells from £11,499 (US$22,900) and uses a 10.5 kWh AGM lead acid pack to deliver a range of up to 60 miles (40 miles in typical city driving) with a top speed of 40 mph.
NICE also showed a concept electric conversion of the Fiat 500 (earlier post). The Micro-Vett electric 500 uses a 22 kWh lithium-polymer pack from Kokam to deliver a range of 70 miles with a top speed of 60 mph. NICE also showed a new version of the Micro-Vett electric Fiat Doblò, with a lithium-ion pack enabling a range of 95 miles and a top speed of 75 mph.
(A hat-tip to Thomas!)