Prior to the 2010 Paris Motor Show, Peugeot revealed today the EX1 Concept, a new 100% electric concept car which promises to show the new design directions of the French manufacturer. Celebrating Peugeot’s 200th anniversary, the new car is powered by two electric motors, capable to deliver a total output of 250 kW or 340 hp.
The all-wheel drive two-seater roadster incorporates Peugeot’s new stylistic design codes, which were first seen on the SR Concept, unveiled back in March at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.
Furthermore, the car features polished aluminum components seen on the RCZ and BB1 Concept. The new EX1 Concept has a height of just 0.9 meters and a width of 1.77 m.
What is more interesting is found under the design, where the car features two electric motors, one on each axle, each delivering 125 kW (250 kW / 340 bhp in total) as well as a maximum torque of 240 Nm.
And because this car is just a design study, the passengers have to climb into the passenger compartment using a reverse-opening door.
Peugeot EX1 Concept is technically a two-seater electric roadster that is stylistically and technologically futuristic. It is derived and inspired by the body of the SR1 concept car that was unveiled earlier this year – bearing new design codes like its floating front gear as well as floating contours.
Likewise, its polished aluminum components found on the door surrounds are inspired by the RCZ and BB1. This new two-seat roadster concept from Peugeot features a body that seems to be an "exoskeleton," which gives a strong impression of the EV's lightweight nature.
In designing this futuristic EV concept, Peugeot built on its experience gained from the 1996 Asphalte concept car and the two 20Cup models from 2005.
Underpinned by an architecture shaped like a "water droplet," the Peugeot EX1 Concept car features a rear section built around two closely set rear wheels.
This water droplet-shaped architecture has allowed Peugeot to reduce the size of the passenger compartment of the Peugeot EX1 Concept, thereby paving the way for optimal weight distribution while making sure that it would have no escess weight in the overhangs.
To ensure that the Peugeot EX1 Concept holds onto the road as much as possible, Peugeot made use of different suspension arrangements.
For instance, the front suspension features a drop link double wishbone arrangement while the rear suspension includes a single "swinging arm” connected to a centrally mounted shock absorber, which is in turned linked through a rocker arm for a variable damping rate.