Australian company Arcspeed has just released a amazingly fast all-electric, convertible sports car that can go from 0 –62 mph in just 3.8 seconds. The stylish, low-slung Arcspeed Sports looks like a race car, and can be driven either on the road or (for fun) on a racetrack.
The Arcspeed Sports “[shows] the world that electric cars don’t have to be ugly shopping carts,” the company says, noting that the body, chassis, and all critical components (drive train, battery management and Vehicle Control Systems) were all designed and built in Australia.
On the critical issue of range, the company offers two options: the high-capacity lithium phosphate batteries are located in a secure, temperature-controlled compartment under the cockpit, but other compartments in the car can house more batteries to extend the range from the standard 93 miles (150 km) to 186 miles (300 km). The extra range comes at the cost of additional batteries and slightly degraded performance due to the extra weight.
Batteries are charged in about 4 hours via 10-amp 240-volt outlets (the kind of electric outlet used in homes for large electrical appliances such as air conditioners and clothes dryers).
The company is about to go into production of the Arcspeed Sports and will be building a limited number of both right-and left-hand drive cars. The price? “Less than half the price of other currently available electric sports cars,” the company says.