- Dec 2, 2007
Koenigsegg Quant: Solar-powered, four-seater electric sports car - Crave at CNET UK
Koenigsegg, one of the most respected supercar makers on the planet, has just announced an all-electric sports car that could give the Tesla Roadster a run for its money. It's called the Quant, and it is -- to our knowledge -- the first all-electric sports car that includes solar panels and space for four adults, not to mention all mod-cons and enough grunt to rival a Porsche Boxster.
The car was devised primarily by solar-electric propulsion company NVL Solar AG, whose stunning design influenced Koenigsegg to help build a prototype. The final model will be powered by twin AC induction motors, developing 512bhp and a massive 715nm of torque. This, according to Koenigsegg, is enough to send it from 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 171mph. Its range, when driven sensibly, is 310 miles, which is impressive considering the Tesla falls off the road at 244 miles.