New Electric Concept Cars Powered by AC Propulsion
Last September, in Sonoma, California, AC Propulsion’s tzero electric sports car earned the highest overall score at the 2003 Michelin Challenge Bibendum. The tzero beat every other car entered including hybrids, fuel cell vehicles and other electrics. Based on that performance, four companies developed plans for electric vehicles designed around AC Propulsion electric drive technology and Li Ion batteries. Now one year later, three of those companies are unveiling their all-electric creations.
- Volvo and its California Monitoring and Concept Center have developed an EV concept and entered it in this year’s Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Shanghai, China. Very much a Volvo in appearance, the Volvo EV concept carries an underfloor Li Ion battery to power an AC Propulsion drive system in a stylish, efficient, and lightweight package. Built and tested in California, the Volvo EV will make its world debut in Shanghai.
- Monaco-based Venturi Automobiles introduced the Venturi Fetish concept at the Paris Motor Show 2002. This year at Paris Motor Show 2004, the Fetish is back as a fully functional high-performance, sports 2-seater prototype. Venturi marks its 20th anniversary of automobile production with a nod to the future. The Fetish is electric, powered by AC Propulsion.
- Courreges Design of Paris had a good run with its electric bubble car in the Bibendum last year. Stylish, well-driven, and fundamentally sound, it made a big impression but suffered from lack of power. Madame Courreges noted the tzero’s performance and took bold action. She ordered a complete tzero drive and battery system from AC Propulsion. She didn’t put it in a tzero though, and it’s not in the bubble car either. It’s hard to describe. You’ll have to see it in action in Shanghai at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum.
You may wonder about the fourth company mentioned above. It’s too soon to give details but imagine a company that wraps Silicon Valley entrepreneurship and British racing heritage around AC Propulsion technology and plans to take the delightful result it to market. Stay tuned.
A year after its success in Sonoma, the first tzero continues to rack up miles – 75,000 total miles, 15,000 miles on the Li Ion battery installed in August, 2003. The second and third tzeros continue to make their owners happy. The tzero has made its case – EVs can be powerful, fun, and efficient – but progress marches on. These new vehicle concepts will supercede the tzero. Still there is one left. A fourth chassis awaits completion for an enthusiast who wants to own the last tzero.
Remember, electric vehicles equals transportation without petroleum.
Contact: Tom Gage
San Dimas, California
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