Concept One, the Super Fast Pure Electric Car

People have the perception that all-electric vehicles are under-powered and can not perform as well as the gas-engine counterpart. Well, the tiny Croatian automaker Rimac Automobili is proving the perception wrong when they built the Concept One all-electric sports car. It is the brain-child Mate Rimac.

I repeat. This is not a hybrid with a gas engine to help out as needed. It is one hundred percent electric, boasting 1,088 horsepower.

The car was unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011. Although the name is "Concept One". This car is not just a concept. It already has pre-orders and they expect shipping to customers in 2013. How much does it go on sale for? Just shy of a million dollars, at $980,000.

If you want one, better sign up fast. They plan to build only 88 of them, and hopes to sell about 15 per year.

Acceleration from 0 to 60 in less than 3 seconds.

How fast is it? How about acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. That is faster than your typical Ferrari. [reference]

For comparison, the typical standard Camry (whether it is gas or hybrid model) will take 8 to 9 seconds to get to 60 mph.

The Concept One's top speed is 190 mph. Due to its lithium ion phosphate battery capable of 92 kWh of power, it has a maximum range of 370 miles on a charge.

How it Works

Each of its four wheels is powered by its own separate electric motor. This enables the car wheels to be control independently and adjusted thousands times a second by what is known as their all wheel Torque Vectoring system.

The body is carbon fiber and wheels milled out of aluminum block. Car weighs in at 3630 pounds, which is relatively heavy. Its brakes to stop such speed and weight are made out of carbon ceramic.

To learn more about other super fast electric cars, you might be interested in the article on gas3.org.

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Article was written September 2012 and may be outdated by the time you read this. Information was based on the below references and there is no guarantee of its correctness.

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assimilated 4 years ago

That's great news. As long as people think electric cars are "boring" they'll want to stick with outdated combustion engines...

Fast electric cars will change the game!

If I had a few $million more I would buy one of those :-)


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Phil Plasma 4 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

I want one!

Too bad I don't have a cool million to pay for it.

Tesla too made an all electric sports car; it was also about the same price, if I recall correctly.


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Ericdierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Wow that is really informative.


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BlissfulWriter 4 years ago Author

Thanks for visiting.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Great and very interesting information on the progress of electric cars. If i win the lottery i might just want one.

Vote up and more !


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BlissfulWriter 4 years ago Author

Thanks for voting up.


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Nadene Seiters 4 years ago from Elverson, PA

Looks like a game changer in the industry, very cool!

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