Published on March 1st, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro5
Video: Volar-E Electric Race Car Boasts 1,000 Horsepower
Electric supercars have suddenly become quite popular with the well-heeled elite, and companies with almost no automotive experience are designing performance EVs to tap into this emerging market. Spanish industrial firm Applus Idiada just unveiled the Volar-e, an all-electric supercar they claim has a peak output of 1,000 horsepower.
Utilizing four separate electric motors and a 38 kWh battery pack made up of 10 individual cells, the Volar-e is the latest addition to an ever-growing stable of electric supercars. Charging time is said to take between just 15 and 20 minutes thanks to a unique fast charger, and the four electric motors produce a combined 737 ft-lbs of torque.
According to Applus Idiada, this is good for a 0-60 mph time of just 3.4 seconds, and an electronically governed top speed of 186 mph. That makes it just as fast as the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive supercar, though there is no word on range or, of course, price. The Volar-e also faces competition from the Rimac Concept_One EV, which also boasts around 1,000 horsepower.
But to us, any electric car with performance aspirations is well worth writing about. Just don’t expect to see one parked outside your office anytime soon.