Tesla Roadster production may be coming to a close soon, but the recently announced Evelio hopes to take over as the EV sportcar of choice for greenies and celebrities alike.
Launched at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this month, the Evelio is a British initiative developed by a small a team based in Andover, Hampshire.
Based on chassis and bodies shipped in from Slovakia — you may recognise the outline of a K-1 Attack sportscar in the image above — the Evelio is fitted out with lithium iron phosphate batteries, which the team claims are much safer than those normally fitted to EVs. This means they need not be mounted along the spine of the car out of safety concerns, as is common, providing greater flexibility. In the Evelio, they can be found instead packaged along the sides and at the rear, giving “better weight distribution” claims the company.
More interesting is that the particular type of batteries being used can be fully charged in just one hour, or 80 per cent charged in just 20 minutes, claims Evelio. The range is projected to be around 150 miles. All with zero emissions, at the tailpipe at least.
With all the torque of the electric motors available from standstill, the 0-60mph time is claimed to be 3.2 seconds — faster than the Tesla Roadster which has a claimed range of over 200 miles on a single charge (although that’s not what Top Gear found). No specific power or torque figures have been released though.
Neither has pricing yet, but let’s remember the Lotus Elise based Tesla Roadster was priced from £87,000, so don’t expect a bargain. We’ve contacted the company for more information.
You will get the chance to see the car at the Ecovelocity motor show being held at Battersea Power Station, London between 8 – 11 September. For tickets visit www.ecovelocity.co.uk.