Electric Joule set to sparkle
South Africa’s very own electric car is set to make its world debut at next month’s prestigious Geneva Motor Show.
Joule was conceived by Cape Town-based Optimal Energy with the original designs done by South African-born Keith Helfet.
Although the zero-emission plug-in electric car goes on sale here in early 2013, readers in and around Port Elizabeth can look forward to spotting a few on the roads as a test fleet is being prepared. Over the next few months, these cars will be used to gather technical data and gauge public response to Joule.
The electric car uses a 36 kW/h traction battery, with 15 modules each holding 30 Lithium-ion cells.
The battery provides power to a synchronous permanent magnet motor capable of generating 65 kW of power and torque of 280 Nm.
An integrated on-board charger ensures that charging can be left to the off-peak grid, although Joule’s option photo-voltaic solar panel mounted to the roof ensure it takes advantage of a number of power sources.
In its production guise, Joule will have a range of 300 km, a top speed of around 135 km/h and a five-star safety rating.
According to Optimal Energy, the price will start at around R235 000, although this figure is expected to inflate ahead of the car’s 2013 introduction.