Caterham planning to develop electric cars

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2010

Before 2009 ends, Caterham promises to unveil a prototype of its projects to develop hybrid and electric powertrains for its cars, and will unveil a prototype before the end of this year. At the Tokyo Motor Show, Caterham stands out since it is one of only three non-Japanese carmakers participating in the exhibit.

Caterham boss Ansar Ali said that with regards to its ongoing EV program, it would begin with a motorsport application, which it sees as a tested for technology.

Caterham's hybrid drivetrain comes from another manufacturer, which can be fitted to its existing engines. Another source supplies the electric drivetrain.

Ali declined to reveal the origin of either system. Caterham intends to begin a one-make race series in 2011 using the electric/hybrid car. It will then use its findings to develop a road car for around 2012.

Ali said that already, it has been receiving accolades from suppliers that say that the Caterham layout is good for an electric car and that reportedly, there's plenty of space under the bonnet.

Ali also disclosed that an electric Seven shouldn't have to endure the weight penalty, as the system being considered should weigh the same as a petrol engine, gearbox and rear axle, and that its performance should be equal to any other Caterham.

Ali added that Caterham is unsure whether or not an alternatively powered Caterham would be a success. While Caterham said that it is uncertain whether its customer base will be receptive, it's anticipating that by 2012 things may have changed.

If you liked the article, share on:

Pin It

Comments

Recommended

Has Toyota started the production of a new electric supercharger? Well, a patent that was recently published indicated that they might have. And this electric supercharger looks more durable and...
by - March 27, 2017
The Tesla Model S has finally arrived in South Korean soil and is now available for test drive. But, there’s a catch. You’ll have to wait several months if you...
by - March 27, 2017
Sorry to say this to the Sport Quattro Concept fanatics. If you guys have been hoping for the production of this iconic concept to begin, prepare for your dreams to...
by - March 27, 2017
South Korean car company SsangYong recently revealed sketches of their upcoming SUV. We’re not always impressed by Korean car designs, but this one looks quite promising. Yup, it is the...
by - March 26, 2017
Twenty-eight years after the company was first launched by Toyota, which was initially targeted to the United States market only, Lexus has already made its way to over 70 countries....
by - March 26, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries