PG, a small auto manufacturer in Germany has recently unveiled its electric sports car, the PG Elektrus. The Elektrus is, just like the Tesla Roadster, an electric Lotus Elise, and just like the Roadster, it’s incredibly fast.
The Lotus Elise has been a key model in the modern revival of Lotus, though Lotus is still struggling somewhat. The car is small, fast and spartan, but it will out-maneuver almost any other car on a track.
Several years ago, Tesla unleashed the Roadster electric sports car, essentially a Lotus Elise with batteries and an all-electric power train, and the electric model is faster than the gas model it is based on. However, there is a new sheriff in town for electric Elises, according to AutoBlog: the PG Elektrus.
Faster than the Roadster
With its epic acceleration, the Tesla is in the company of supercars. The Elektrus, provided it’s as fast as the manufacturer claims, is in hypercar territory. The Elektrus is projected to get from 0 to 62 miles per hour (or 0 to 100 kilometers per hour), according to press releases by PG, in less than three seconds. The car also has a projected top speed of 185 miles per hour, which is fairly pedestrian by supercar standards but buries the Roadster, which tops out at 125.
The range of the car is said to be about 217 miles on a charge, though the car, according to Motor Authority, comes with a solar panel that powers accessories like climate control and audio, keeping re-charging time down to about four hours. It also comes with engine sound effects, which will mimic the noise of a V-8 or a Formula 1 car for those who find it too quiet. Paint and other options will be to customer specification. The car is slated to cost $368,000 and will have to be exported from Germany.
The next Elise
Lotus is currently working on the next-generation Elise, which a is slated for release in 2015. The new model has a lot in common with the old one. The 2015 Lotus Elise will still have rear-wheel drive and a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, sourced from Toyota, according to Automobile magazine. The motor should produce about 316 horsepower, rocketing the 2,414 pound buggy from 0 to 62 miles per hour in about 4.3 seconds.
Lotus has made it a bit taller, wider and longer and added crumple zones. It’s also getting a dual-clutch transmission, stop-start technology and is being geared to emit very little C02 for a car of its speed. Pricing won’t be available for a while, but the new Elise looks like it’s worth waiting for.