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German automaker PG has teamed up with automobile designer Michael Fröhlich to create the Elektrus, a Lotus Elise-based electric vehicle that aims to be “an exclusive urbane e-Roadster with a powerful uniqueness factor.”
This futuristic-looking Roadster is supposed to have “above-average driving performance” while offering a range of around 215-miles in a vehicle that weighs in at less than 2,000-lbs thanks to some extensive carbon fiber and composite body components. Powertrain details weren’t mentioned in the press release however but PG claims it’ll hit 62-mph in under three seconds with a top speed of 155-mph and it’s believed that the Elektrus will have around 270-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
The Elektrus can have its cells fully charged in about eight hours from a standard household outlet and will come at a hefty price. Based on today’s conversion rates, it’ll be around $367,700 including VAT.
GALLERY: PG Elektrus
Lotus and its parent company, Proton, will be releasing their City Car to rival the new Aston Martin Cygnet and will be a production version of the Ethos concept originally seen at the Paris Auto Show. The vehicle will first be offered as a Proton, with the Lotus version coming at a later date with a higher price tag.
Lotus will be making additions to the car, hoping to make the electric vehicle offer performance not seen on any other small cars. It will be about $3,125 (£2000) cheaper than the Aston Martin Cygnet, so pricing is estimated to be around $45,300 (£29,000).
The Ethos Concept featured a 1.2L, three-cylinder Lotus Range Extender engine that had a peak torque of 177 lb-ft with a top speed of 105-mph.
GALLERY: Lotus City Car