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Published on December 27th, 2008 | by Andrew Williams

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Eliica Electric Car Accelerates Faster Than a Porsche 911

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A Japanese professor has showcased an electric car capable of reaching a blistering 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4 seconds, quicker than a Porsche 911 .

The Eliica, created by Prof. Hiroshi Shimizo of Keio University, can also reach a phenomenal top speed of 370 km/h (270 mph), powered by li-ion batteries via 100 hp electric motors in each of its eight wheels.

Shimizo is understandably proud of his creation, telling reporters, “The feeling of acceleration you get with this model is something automotive technology could not produce, even in a hundred years of combustion engine cars.”

The batteries take 10 hours to top up, providing a range of 300 kms (186 miles) at a speed of 100 km/h (62 mph) when fully charged.

Interested? Unfortunately, you might have to wait some time before you can get your hands on one – Shimizo is still looking for investors willing to turn the prototype into a mass produced model, and anticipates an initial price in the region of $300,000.

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  • Carlos

    I think a F1 of Electric or “Alternative” Cars like this would be superior than the actual F1. With speeds like this, plus the innovation, the ecologist spirit and the knowledge that any advances could really get used in “normal” cars, more people should be attracted to follow it in fact of the actual endogamic competition of Ecclestone where only waste lots of money changing all rules from one to other due to the crazy mind of the “Nero Emperor” Ecclestone.

  • Carlos

    I think a F1 of Electric or “Alternative” Cars like this would be superior than the actual F1. With speeds like this, plus the innovation, the ecologist spirit and the knowledge that any advances could really get used in “normal” cars, more people should be attracted to follow it in fact of the actual endogamic competition of Ecclestone where only waste lots of money changing all rules from one to other due to the crazy mind of the “Nero Emperor” Ecclestone.

  • Carlos

    I think a F1 of Electric or “Alternative” Cars like this would be superior than the actual F1. With speeds like this, plus the innovation, the ecologist spirit and the knowledge that any advances could really get used in “normal” cars, more people should be attracted to follow it in fact of the actual endogamic competition of Ecclestone where only waste lots of money changing all rules from one to other due to the crazy mind of the “Nero Emperor” Ecclestone.

  • Rif

    There has not been any news about the Eliica since 2006(?). I could like to know if there is coming an updated prototype perhaps with a couple of wheels less, to make it more production ready :-).

  • Rif

    There has not been any news about the Eliica since 2006(?). I could like to know if there is coming an updated prototype perhaps with a couple of wheels less, to make it more production ready :-).

  • ChuckL

    The Porsche 911 is NOT the quickest accelerating car available.

    The top speed quoted is simply a matter of horsepower v. drag which makes the aerodynamics the limiting factor in top speed.

    186 miles at 62 mph sounds good, until you realize that a 1986 Mustang 5.0 can deliver 300 miles at 100 mph and still have fuel left and new the Mustang cost only $13,000.

    The Eliica is quicker, but at the price the Eliica should reach 62 mph from a standing start in 3/10ths of a second.

    Perhaps someone has a road test on a Buggatti Veyron on which to write a comparison of similarly priced cars. Of course you can buy a production Veyron, if you have the cash, or credit.

  • ChuckL

    The Porsche 911 is NOT the quickest accelerating car available.

    The top speed quoted is simply a matter of horsepower v. drag which makes the aerodynamics the limiting factor in top speed.

    186 miles at 62 mph sounds good, until you realize that a 1986 Mustang 5.0 can deliver 300 miles at 100 mph and still have fuel left and new the Mustang cost only $13,000.

    The Eliica is quicker, but at the price the Eliica should reach 62 mph from a standing start in 3/10ths of a second.

    Perhaps someone has a road test on a Buggatti Veyron on which to write a comparison of similarly priced cars. Of course you can buy a production Veyron, if you have the cash, or credit.

  • ChuckL

    The Porsche 911 is NOT the quickest accelerating car available.

    The top speed quoted is simply a matter of horsepower v. drag which makes the aerodynamics the limiting factor in top speed.

    186 miles at 62 mph sounds good, until you realize that a 1986 Mustang 5.0 can deliver 300 miles at 100 mph and still have fuel left and new the Mustang cost only $13,000.

    The Eliica is quicker, but at the price the Eliica should reach 62 mph from a standing start in 3/10ths of a second.

    Perhaps someone has a road test on a Buggatti Veyron on which to write a comparison of similarly priced cars. Of course you can buy a production Veyron, if you have the cash, or credit.

  • Kohhei

    (wrong) Shimizo

    (right) Shimizu

  • Kohhei

    (wrong) Shimizo

    (right) Shimizu

  • Kohhei

    (wrong) Shimizo

    (right) Shimizu

  • Cameron

    0-60 in 4 seconds? Should be no problem with 8-100hp electric motors. Not impressed.

  • Cameron

    0-60 in 4 seconds? Should be no problem with 8-100hp electric motors. Not impressed.

  • Cameron

    0-60 in 4 seconds? Should be no problem with 8-100hp electric motors. Not impressed.

  • http://homeinbabylon.com Chuchundra

    Thunderbirds are go!

  • http://homeinbabylon.com Chuchundra

    Thunderbirds are go!

  • http://homeinbabylon.com Chuchundra

    Thunderbirds are go!

  • Doug

    BLAH BLAH BLAH. Who cares about an EV that cost more than a nice house? As soon as someone makes a decent looking sedan that is affordable post that.

  • Doug

    BLAH BLAH BLAH. Who cares about an EV that cost more than a nice house? As soon as someone makes a decent looking sedan that is affordable post that.

  • Mark

    I love stories like this, but has anyone noticed that every EV company grossly overstates their production schedules and then never deliver? I think many of them are stringing along their investors. If you say it really takes 10 years to design and manufacture a new car (in more than manually-made volume), investors would say “wake me in 8 years”. So they all say it takes 2 years, even though that’s impossible.

    Color me skeptical, and pleasantly surprised, if we see more than a a handful of EV’s 10 years from now. Especially with gas prices back down, investment must be drier than the desert.

    The Aptera is a great example. Due to ship 10’s of thousands this year, their excuse is they have to redesign windows that open, despite claiming to have a long list of pre orders. Give me a break!

  • Mark

    I love stories like this, but has anyone noticed that every EV company grossly overstates their production schedules and then never deliver? I think many of them are stringing along their investors. If you say it really takes 10 years to design and manufacture a new car (in more than manually-made volume), investors would say “wake me in 8 years”. So they all say it takes 2 years, even though that’s impossible.

    Color me skeptical, and pleasantly surprised, if we see more than a a handful of EV’s 10 years from now. Especially with gas prices back down, investment must be drier than the desert.

    The Aptera is a great example. Due to ship 10’s of thousands this year, their excuse is they have to redesign windows that open, despite claiming to have a long list of pre orders. Give me a break!

  • Mark

    I love stories like this, but has anyone noticed that every EV company grossly overstates their production schedules and then never deliver? I think many of them are stringing along their investors. If you say it really takes 10 years to design and manufacture a new car (in more than manually-made volume), investors would say “wake me in 8 years”. So they all say it takes 2 years, even though that’s impossible.

    Color me skeptical, and pleasantly surprised, if we see more than a a handful of EV’s 10 years from now. Especially with gas prices back down, investment must be drier than the desert.

    The Aptera is a great example. Due to ship 10’s of thousands this year, their excuse is they have to redesign windows that open, despite claiming to have a long list of pre orders. Give me a break!

  • http://www.getcarwallpapers.com Car Wallpapers

    Top speed of 370 km/h (270 mph) is good enough. But what is the actual category of this car? sports/sedan/luxury….. what? I think this it is hard to play with this car like the Porsche 911 or any other sports car because this is using 8 wheels, more friction, extra grip, very less drift, and hard to move freely on tight curves with great speed(bad sports car), but good for slippery or wet surface (useful when used as everyday car), but everyday cars don’t need the speed of 370km/h.

  • http://www.getcarwallpapers.com Car Wallpapers

    Top speed of 370 km/h (270 mph) is good enough. But what is the actual category of this car? sports/sedan/luxury….. what? I think this it is hard to play with this car like the Porsche 911 or any other sports car because this is using 8 wheels, more friction, extra grip, very less drift, and hard to move freely on tight curves with great speed(bad sports car), but good for slippery or wet surface (useful when used as everyday car), but everyday cars don’t need the speed of 370km/h.

  • http://www.getcarwallpapers.com Car Wallpapers

    Top speed of 370 km/h (270 mph) is good enough. But what is the actual category of this car? sports/sedan/luxury….. what? I think this it is hard to play with this car like the Porsche 911 or any other sports car because this is using 8 wheels, more friction, extra grip, very less drift, and hard to move freely on tight curves with great speed(bad sports car), but good for slippery or wet surface (useful when used as everyday car), but everyday cars don’t need the speed of 370km/h.

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