Friday, September 19, 2008

era: electric raceabout sportscar

The Electric RaceAbout (ERA) is designed for the latest technology in electric powertrain and battery systems, as well as light-weight manufacturing techniques. Conceived by the Institute of Design, Lahti Polytechnic, the car is a picture of aerodynamic wizardry. The ERA design is based on the lightweight aluminum chassis of the Audi R8and and is powered by 4 in-wheel electric motors powered by Li-Ion (Fe) battery packs. Helsinki Polytechnic, which is working on this prototype, estimate this setup will give the ERA a 0-60 mph time of under 5 seconds and a top speed in the area of 120 mph.



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