PHOTO CAPTION: Converted Porsche 911 is shooting for 0-to-60 times of 7 seconds.

E-Ruf Electric Porsche 911 Impressive, But Overweight

what the 204-hp E-Ruf lacks in horsepower, it more than makes up for in torque, cranking out more of it than a Corvette Z06.

Published: 23-Oct-2008

Looks like the all-electric Porsche that German tuning haus Ruf is building is the real deal, and the early indication from someone who's spent some time behind the wheel is the E-Ruf will reach frightening velocity, but takes its sweet time getting there.

Although the battery-powered Porsche 997 (aka the 911) concept car is drop-dead gorgeous and certainly looks quick, its 204-horsepower motor isn't any more powerful than the one BMW is putting under the hood of the forthcoming electric Mini. But what it lacks in horspoewer, it more than makes up for in torque, cranking out more of it than a Corvette Z06. Head speedmeister Alois Ruf hopes the E-Ruf will hit 160 mph, and he's shooting for a 0 to 60 time under 7 seconds.

Seven seconds? In a Porsche?


Ray Lane, managing partner of venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins, Caufield and Byers, which has invested in Think, believes Think could eventually sell as many as 30,000 to 50,000 City cars a year.

The production electric vehicle to be introduced in 2010 will have a unique bodystyle and is not based on any existing Nissan model, unlike the technology 'mule' pictured above.

The 100-mile range electric car has been operating with Japanese power companies for the last two years.


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