All manufacturers are desperately trying to produce electrical prototypes these days in order to showcase their technological prowess and devotion to protect our environment. Few have been as successful as the Peugeot EX1 Concept, however. Not only does it look like it came off from Mars, but it also proved itself as the fastest electrical powered car-ish vehicle. The concept was produced as part of the celebration for Peugeot’s 200th anniversary and showed the direction in which the brand wished to develop. According to Peugeot, the EX1 is an expression of the idea that enormous possibilities are offered by the use of electric power as a way to create new driving sensations. It was revealed at the Paris Motor Show in 2010.
Let’s look at some specs first. The Peugeot EX1 Concept has two electrical engines, one on each axle, that supply a total of 340 hp and 480 Nm of torque. Due to its carbon-fiber monocoque body structure made from a carbon/honeycomb composite and the lack of a roof of course, the weight of the car is well below the 1 ton mark at just 750 kg. The car is quite small, less than a meter high and less than two wide, 0.90m of height, 1.77m of width and 3.54m of length to be specific.
Peugeot EX1: Lightning Performance
And here are some performance numbers to look at – 7.08s for 1/8 mile, 12.67s for ¼ mile, and 0–100 km/h at less than 3.5s. The Peugeot EX1 can also achieve a longitudinal acceleration of 1G over a total sprint of 39 meters. The only electrical vehicle that is claimed to be faster is the Shelby SuperCars Aero EV, another concept electric vehicle that puts out a massive 1,000hp and supposedly does the 0-100 km/h in 2.5s. These claims, however, were released back in 2008 and are not yet confirmed so take them with a fair bit of salt. The Shelby SuperCars electric supercar was even supposed to be in production by the end of 2009, but we haven’t heard anything about this ever since.
A real-world competitor, if there really is one, is the Tesla Roadster. Its specs are nowhere near the Peugeot EX1, however. The Tesla Roadster delivers 248 hp and 270 Nm of torque and tips the scale at 1,235kg. Of course, the Tesla Roadster is an actual production vehicle that sold more than 2000 units, while the EX1 is a concept vehicle that will never make it into production.
It is no surprise then, that the Peugeot EX1 broke a lot of electrical vehicle track records (well, there aren’t many of those, but still). It managed to get through the Nordschleife in just 9 minutes and 1.3 seconds. The prototype averaged 138.324 km/h in the course of the 20.8 kilometer track.
Peugeot EX1: Avant-garde Interior & Exterior Design
The car’s design is a continuation or maybe an extension of the design cues in the SR1 concept and the Peugeot RCZ. What is new is the overall shape of the Peugeot EX1 – it represents a water droplet. The rear wheels are much closer to each other than the ones in the front. The doors are reverse-open and give access to two sports seats. The seats are actually attached to the doors and are “opened” with them. The windshield, if we can call the almost horizontal piece of glass in the front a windshield, is very flat, which aids the aerodynamics of the concept. The car has two instrument panel screens, one for each occupant, which translate the vehicle’s outrageous performance into numbers and visuals.
The Peugeot EX1 is a very impressive electrical concept that proves that EV’s can also be used for an exciting day at track. Hopefully, Peugeot’s future production electric vehicles will also provide at least a little bit of the exhilaration and thrill that the EX1 prototype delivers.
Images courtesy of Peugeot.