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Peugeot EX1 Sets Electric Car Lap Record At Nuerburgring 241

Posted by timothy
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liqs8143 writes "Peugeot EX1, the all-electric concept car, now holds the electric car lap record at Germany's Nürburgring circuit. The car was unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, and has already broken half a dozen speed records up till now. Despite wet weather, the EX1 broke the existing record with a time of 9 minutes, 1.338 seconds, beating the previous record set by a modified MINI E electric car by almost 50 seconds. The 340 horsepower EX1 averaged an impressive 85.9 miles per hour during the lap."
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Peugeot EX1 Sets Electric Car Lap Record At Nuerburgring

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  • Metric? (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward
    German circuit and a French car. Can we get the speed in a civilized km/h?
    • Why is this modded negative? Disagreeing is not reason for modding. The guy has a point.

      And slashdout could realize they america is not the universe. Not even the center of it.

      • by tsa (15680)

        For all Americans out there: The Nürburgring lies in Germany. Germany is a country in Europe. And Europe is the capital of Amsterdam.

  • .. compared to the results of some production vehicles (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N%C3%BCrburgring_lap_times) but the car sure looks fabulous, and they probably can do faster with better weather.
    • by tsa (15680)

      We are not talking about production vehicles here. 9 minutes is impressive for an electric car.

    • by Spacelord (27899)

      Those were exactly my thoughts. 9 minutes for a 340bhp car? That seems terribly slow. Even my 15 year old E36 M3 GT (295bhp) does better than that.

      My guess is that the weight of the batteries is holding it back. This shows one of the biggest drawbacks of electrical cars: batteries make them way too heavy, so unless battery capacity increases drastically, the handling is going to be poor.

      For what it's worth: the energy density of a battery is about 20 times less than that of gasoline. Now an electrical engin

  • I wonder when a Formula 1 championship will be organized for electric cars only. I hope very soon - that will get the technology development going much faster.

    • What's stopping you. You will need to pick a new name or Bernie will be cross.
    • Formula 1 had KERS (kinectic energy recovery system) as an option in 2009 and a required feature in all 2011 cars. This is, essentially, a regenerative braking system. It charges a battery during braking and gets an 80 HP boost from an electric motor during acceleration.

    • by hb253 (764272)

      That should be a hoot, cars going slower each lap with only the sound of scrubbing tires. When do tickets on sale? I'll be sure not to buy them.

      Part of the glory of racing is the mechanical symphony of combustion engines..

      • Part of the glory of racing is the mechanical symphony of combustion engines..
        Ah yes, the halcyon days of the 1995 season when v8, v10, and v12 powered cars competed against each other instead of rev limited 2.4l v8s.
        • by tsa (15680)

          Man, I remember in the 1980s when they pulled 1000 horsepowers from a 1.5 l engine. Those were the days!

    • by zyzko (6739)

      F1 hasn't been a technology leader for a long time - the rules to make cars cheaper severily limit the technology - no turbocharging, the most efficient consumer cars today are turbocharged, no "too advanced" electronics, tires are sub-par quality to make the races more interesting, I could continue the list forever. Yes, there are reasons for these rules and they are mainly a) to keep costs down and b) make the series more interesting for the viewer. Bringing elecronic cars to F1 could maybe advance the te

      • by tsa (15680)

        Well, let's then make a rally championship for electric cars! Is more fun to watch, too.

    • by sincewhen (640526)

      There is currently talk of changing the engines in F1 to 1.8L 4 cylinder turbos to make the sport more "green".
      There is resistance from some teams, and speculation that as an alternative there will be an electric vehicle support class racing at F1 events.

  • Very impressive feat. I'm just amazed its no FWD, being a Peugeot and all.

  • by BlueParrot (965239) on Sunday May 08, 2011 @03:08PM (#36065576)

    As I understand it the Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries pretty much solve the major issues with EV cars.They're fast charging ( 10 min or so ) , long lifespan ( 10+ years ), can output a tremendous amount of power, and have a wide operating temperature range. The issue at the moment seems to be that the price is too steep for them to be economically used in cars.

    Anybody know more than wikipedia on what is being done to get them down in price? It seems to me that if those can be made more cheaply then you've basically cracked the entire problem with EV cars.

    • by GrahamCox (741991)
      The only thing that will get them down in price is more volume. It's starting to happen, but it's still at the very start of the ramp. There's only been one commercial manufacturer until recently - the fact there are now two is a great sign. Costs are no longer ridiculous - I'm seeing around $2 per kWh at present, which is half what it was only a year ago. When it's down to $1 I think that could well be the tipping-point, due to the psychology of nice round numbers. $2 is still "economically viable" though,
    • As I understand it the Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries pretty much solve the major issues with EV cars.They're fast charging ( 10 min or so ) , long lifespan ( 10+ years ), can output a tremendous amount of power, and have a wide operating temperature range. The issue at the moment seems to be that the price is too steep for them to be economically used in cars.

      So, they solve all the issues, except the issue of price. And the issue of weight (and it has a lower power density, currently, ~14% according to Wikipedia).

      That's really not "all the issues" then, is it?

  • by idji (984038)
    350 hp=253kW=the energy produced by 1,265 humans sprinting!!!! When are we humans gonna wake up and realize that spending 350 hp to move a human from point A & B is simply irresponsible to the world and future generations, who will curse us for wasting the world's energy resources.
    • by Spacelord (27899)

      So I guess we should all drive golf carts then?

      • by gTsiros (205624)

        There are motorcycles, mopeds and small engine motorcycles, not to mention public transit.

        think about something else rather than your convenience for a change.

        i read sometime/someplace about some dude (paraphrasing) "i will not give up one comfort that i have left, therefore i will go o doing 100miles each working day to and fro work".

        comfort. that's what he was after. no, we are not here to "live comfortably". we are here to give effort and make this god forsaken place at least livable.

        • by Spacelord (27899)

          Seriously, fuck narrow minded people like you who only see the bad side of personal transportation.

          What you need to realize is that the availability of cheap energy and the development of personal transportation have contributed more than anything to the progress of Western civilization in the 20th century and the corresponding rise in life expectancy. In only 100 years, life expectancy in the US has risen from 47 to 76. Personal transportation is what enables a modern society to work, and without it it wou

    • I don't know, given the gas prices of today and level of unemployment in the West it might be cheaper to hire 1,265 humans to pull my car.

    • Or you know, the power delivered by 350 horses!
      Yep, definitely too much!
      I agree this is overkill, just like almost 100% of every car on earth, even the "small ones".

      • by idji (984038)
        You are one of the few repliers who understood my concern. We humans have raped the planet in the last 200 years, and still no-one seems to get it. Maybe if the Mississippi wipes Louisiana off the map tomorrow, people might start to wake up - we still didn't get the last two "Mother Earth" "messages" to that city (no, I am not a techno-Gaian!)
        The shortterm (i.e. today) solution is to cut our own carbon footprint dramatically - and the personal car is step number one, where VAST energy savings are to be ma
  • ...but it's, well, you know... French.
  • huh? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by kharchenko (303729)

    Wow, that's really slow! 9 minutes is barely beating Ford Focus. For comparison, Mini Cooper S does it in 8:52 [wikipedia.org]. I thought electric cars can be just as fast. What gives?

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