Telsa Motors made automobile history with the release of their Roadster, a $109,000 electric sports car. Not only was the Roadster the first highway-capable all-electric vehicle in serial production available in the United States, but it could really move. Capable of more than 200 miles on a charge the Roadster made 250 horsepower and 200 foot-pounds of torque on the way to a neck-snapping zero-to-60 time of under four seconds and a top speed of 125 mph.
What most folks didn’t know about the Tesla was that it was built upon the body of a Lotus Elise sports car. The English-made Lotus was released in 1996 and features a hand-finished fiberglass body shell atop its bonded extruded aluminum chassis that provides a rigid platform for the suspension, while keeping weight and production costs to a minimum.
That light chassis and frame has proved almost irresistible to electric vehicle makers searching for a sexy, high-performance base upon which to build their cars. So far, the Elise platform has be selected by Dodge for Circuit EV; the Rinspeed sQuba (which can also travel underwater!); and the Opel Eco-Speedster Concept.
Now, another high-end auto maker is set to release its own Lotus-based EV. Germany-based PG, already known for its its lightweight carbon fiber framed electric bicycles, teamed with automobile designer Michael Fröhlich to present the PG-Elektrus, a mean-looking, black matte two-seater with enough carbon fiber and composite to construct a stealth fighter.