Geneva Auto Show: Artega SE

German automaker Artega is introducing an electric version of their mid-engine sports car at the Geneva Auto Show called the Artega SE. The SE stands for Sports Electric, and comes from a partnership between Artega and the Fraunhofer Institute, a prominent research group in Europe.

Two, independent rear axle electric motors give the new electric sports-car a respectable 380 horsepower, which enables the car to go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, only a 0.5 difference from the internal combustion engine. A top speed projected to be well over 150 mph, the Artega SE runs off sixteen lithium-ion polymer battery modules, twelve of which are in the rear of the vehicle, and two in front. The combined weight of the battery system and engine drive train is just over 1,000 lbs, with the entire vehicle just over 3,000 lbs.

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The car has a range of roughly 130 miles, and can be fully recharged as soon 90 minutes if using a proper facility. If such a powerful electric vehicle suits your fancy, you may want to order one soon. The car is exclusively manufactured in Delbrück and is limited to 500 editions.

The Artega SE is expected to be introduced at the end of the summer this year, and if well-received could cause the automaker to rollout mass production before the end of 2012. The price the electric sports car comes in at is for high-end enthusiasts: $210,000. If paying that much to compete in an electric car with some of the nicest domestic combustion sports cars is something you’d like to do, the Artega SE might be for you.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.