Who said electric cars can’t be fast? The Peugeot EX1 electric concept car, which we first saw some time last year, recently attacked the iconic Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany, emerging with a new lap record.
The twin electric motor in the EX1 is capable of developing 340bhp, so it’s not exactly a slouch in the power department. Even under some somewhat adverse weather conditions, the EX1 was able to achieve an average speed of 138km/h and a total lap time of 9:01.338.
That’s a record… for electric vehicles. The previous electric record was held by the Mini E, which lapped the Nurburgring in 9:51.45. That means the Peugeot smashed the time by almost a whole minute, but its times still pale in comparison to the best regular gas-powered cars.
As far as production cars, the current leader is the Radical SR8 LM with a time of 6:48. The 2011 Nissan GT-R? That’s 7:24.22. You have to go pretty far down the list before you see nine-minute times. The EX1 is in the same range as a Ford Focus RS, Chevy Cobalt SS Turbo, and Jaguar S-Type Diesel.
Even so, it’s a big achievement for an electric car and it’ll be interesting to see how much faster they’ll be able to go in the very near future. After all, the Mini E only did the lap last year. Does this mean we’ll be looking at 8-minute electrics by 2012?