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Volar-e Racer is Your Real Deal Electric Supercar

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Photo credit: Some rights reserved by s_gibson72 via Flickr

Photo credit: Some rights reserved by s_gibson72 via Flickr

Electric vehicles are usually not associated with the word “power”. Well, you can associate it, but you would most likely deal with experimental electric vehicles.

Due to today’s advancements in technology however, almost nothing is impossible for electric vehicles in terms of performance.  We have seen the Model S prove the performance viability of EV’s, and now it is time to switch to high gear as we show to you one of the most powerful electric vehicles in the entire world.

The Volar-e is an electric vehicle that is designed and built by Applus IDIADA, with the collaboration of Rimac Automobili.  It may be designated as an EV, but still, its looks, feel, style and especially power, is something that is usually not achieved by an ordinary electric vehicle.

The vehicle has as an impressive power rating of 1000 horsepower, which is supplied to the electric vehicle using four independently controlled electric motors.  For its power supply, it uses a lithium ion battery that is divided into 10 individual cells, each having an energy rating of 38 kWh.  Charging from zero to full battery can be achieved by the Volar-e in just around 20 minutes.  Supporting the energy system of the vehicle is a regular regenerative braking system, which helps the battery recover a small amount of charge when braking.

Applus IDIADA claims that the vehicle is capable of reaching 62 mph (100kph) in just 3.4 seconds, while having a maximum speed of 186 mph (300 kph). No word about its range, though some say that this might just be fine knowing that it would most likely burn through its batteries’ juice at such high speeds.

Within a short four-month time frame, a prototype of the vehicle is now built and it was recently publicly unveiled at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain. The European Commission plans to use the Volar-e as a promotion vehicle, to show the Europeans just what EV’s can do when pushed greatly forward.  In fact 50% of its funding came from the European Commission.

With Volar-e’s design, we do hope that it can positively change the minds of people. It’d be great if the concept of a powerful 4-motor EV pulls through, as it could probably shake the long held (dis)beliefs that naysayers have about these supposedly “impractical” quiet cruisers.

(If you want to see the Volar-e in action, simply go to the official video link here.)

Christian Crisostomo
About Christian Crisostomo (265 Posts)

Christian Crisostomo is just your average tech geek that loves to see man's newest and most recent technological exploits. He holds great interest in the potentials of green technology, and is enthusiastic about the continuous development of environment-friendly alternative energy.


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