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New Version of Eliica Electric Car Clocks In at 230 MPH

Eight-wheeled, all electric Eliica may be build in small numbers, say designers.

Published: 02-Nov-2005

Makuhari, Japan (AHN) - Japanese researchers have invented the world's fastest electric sedan. The eight-wheeled model is available with a top speed of 370 kilometers per hour (roughly 230 MPH).

Engineers at Tokyo's Keio University have developed a new version of the Eliica in collaboration with the government and private sector companies, like Japan's top tire manufacturer Bridgestone.

The car takes just 4.2 seconds to go from zero to 100 kilometers per hour, (62 MPH), and seven seconds to reach 160 kilometers per hour, (100 MPH). The designers have initial plans to produce the car in small numbers.

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