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2009-01-26 08:33
Billed as the electric car enthusiasts will want to own, JJAD plans to take the green supercar fight to Tesla and Fisker with its P1-E.

Designer Jim Dowle, who as a designer at McLaren also had a hand in the legendary F1, first announced details of his P1 sports car in 2008.

Following positive interest, a decision was made to switch to electric power - hence the name P1-E - which is intended to be the first purpose-built electric sports car.

The performance figures make for captivating reading. Acceleration of 0 - 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds, a range of 370 km and a low weight of 1 055 kg should do much to endear the electric car to true-blue enthusiasts.

"We decided it was time to create an affordable electric sports car that combined the advantages of conventionally-engined machines with those of electric ones, without the disadvantages of either - in short, a drivers' car for the 21st century," Dowle said.

The P1-E uses twin electric motors and lithium-ion batteries that are placed low to the ground for best weight distribution and a low centre of gravity.

Four-wheel drive offers maximum traction, which brake regeneration helps to top up the batteries.

Dowle plans to have the first prototype running during 2009.


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