Sure, there still may be long way to go before electric vehicles become mainstream, but for now, there’s plenty of amazing designs to keep auto enthusiasts happy, like the Quimera All Electric GT (above). We’ve rounded up five of the coolest for your viewing enjoyment after the break.
5. Fisker Surf
Unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Fisker Surf supercar offers “a pair of electric motors fed by a battery [that] powers the rear wheels, [and] a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pot engine used as a range-extender when the battery runs out of charge.” Fisker says the Surf’s drivetrain now puts out over 981 torques and blasts onto a top speed of 125mph thanks to new engine mapping, while that raucous engine – a Top Gear bugbear – gets quieter exhausts.
4. DMC-12 EV
DeLorean fans rejoice! The DeLorean Motor Company of Texas has partnered with Epic EV to produce an all-electric DeLorean “rated for 260 horsepower with a maximum speed of 125MPH.” It features “a mysterious box labeled ‘Flux’ on it and aside from the iPhone dock, 125 mile per hour speed and 260 horsepower, built-in GPS navigation system, DMC is remaining mum on the vehicle’s specs.”
3. Nissan Leaf NISMO RC
Sure, the Nissan Leaf NISMO RC has a top speed of 93mph, powered by a 107hp electric motor, but aesthetically, it’s leaps and bounds ahead of the standard model. Plus, it weighs just 2068-pounds, thanks to a carbon fiber chassis. The Leaf Nismo RC can do 0 to 60mph in 6.85 seconds, and can stay out on the track reaching speeds up to 93mph for about 20 minutes before running out of juice.
2. Peugeot BB1
We have seen the future of electric-powered micro cars, and it’s the Peugeot BB1. It’s “fitted with electric motors in the rear wheels, designed in association with Michelin. This original setup maximizes the interior space.” The color display and the vehicle’s audio system provide an ideal setting for your “smartphone” functions: telephone, navigation, internet access, radio, MP3, etc.; just connect your device to the USB jack, or the 12V socket if necessary.
1. Quimera All Electric GT
Called the Quimera All Electric GT (AEGT), this vehicle is unlike any other in that it boasts three electric motors that generate a total of 700bhp. At 3300-pounds, it rockets from 0-60mph in just 3.5-seconds and is good for a half-hour of track time when its lithium-polymer batteries are fully charged. If you’ve never heard of Quimera, you’re not alone. It’s not even a car company. Rather, it’s a consortium of major multinational companies, government agencies and schools, all of which have worldwide name recognition.