JJAD P1-E: The British alternative to Tesla

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

The P1-E, a two-seater development of a gasoline-propelled version initially unveiled early last year, is the latest British electric sports car created by Jim Dowle, former designer for McLaren. Inspiration for this car came from the Lotus Exige and Lancia Stratos, but its door styling comes from Mercedes SLR.

The P1-E, which is powered by batteries of the lithium-ion type, claims a sprint rate of 2.9 seconds from 0-60 mph, a limited 130 mph maximum speed and a 230-mile range.

Lightweight composite panels over a carbon fiber and aluminum tub will make up the body putting the car's total weight at 1,055 kg.

The design emphasis for this car is on the handling, according to Dowle. It will employ a FWD system to take advantage of the 590 lb-ft of torque generated by the electric motors at both ends of the chassis, with 290 kW (389 hp) total yield for the dual motors.

Dowle and his firm JJAD already face fierce competition from other electric sports car makers the likes of Tesla and Fisker.

The P1-E will see production still more than two years away, by which time Dowle anticipates they could develop the technology to propel them above their rivals.

Three prototypes are intended for the next few years and a limited yearly production model aimed in 2012 of 500 units will be built, each costing about 55,000.euro.

Topics: tesla, electric car, uk

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