• Jan 14th 2011 at 9:55AM
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Peugeot wheeled out its electric sports car, the EX1, at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The French automaker initially constructed the EX1 to celebrate its 200th anniversary, but with an impressive amount of thrust – 250 kilowatts (340 horsepower) from a pair of electric motors, one attached to each axle – the EX1 has gone on to become a record-setting battery-powered automobile.

Driven by French explorer Nicolas Vanier and Chinese blogger Han Han, the Peugeot EX1 recently set several records for an electric vehicle. During the record-setting event, which took place at China's Chengdu military airport in the province of Sichuan, the EX1 established an unofficial time of 3.49 seconds in the sprint from 0-to-100 kilometers per hour (0-62 miles per hour). Officially, driver Han Han set times of 7.0862 seconds in the eighth-mile sprint and 12.6754 seconds in the quarter-mile run. According to Peugeot, both the eighth-mile and quarter-mile runs established record times for an electric vehicle.

[Source: Peugeot]


Peugeot moves up a gear in China with the EX1 concept which is breaking new records in the Marque's bicentenary year.

The 100% electric Peugeot EX1 concept car, which already set several records in Montlhéry in September, has continued its record-breaking streak in the Chinese city of Chengdu, in front of 200 representatives of the Chinese and Western media.Records set by Nicolas Vanier, the French explorer, and Han Han, the well-known Chineseblogger.

The EX1 matched or surpassed 5 records in the series of runs made at the Chengdu military airport in the province of Sichuan. These various records were set by 2 drivers symbolising Franco-Chinese friendship: Han Han, driver, writer and China's most popular blogger who has a massive fan base among the country's urban youth and Nicolas Vanier, French explorer, film-maker anddriver who has a fascination for the Poles and is an untiring defender of the environment.

Han Han pulverised the official records initially set in Montlhéry for 1/8 mile and 1/4 milewith times of 7''08'''62'''' and 12''67'''54'''' respectively. These records have been certified and will be approved by the Chinese Auto Sports Federation which validated the quality and accuracy of measurements made.

Nicolas Vanier achieved unofficial records for 0 to 100 km/h, in 3.49 seconds, and for the 400 m. He also achieved the symbolic longitudinal acceleration of 1G, over 39 m. This series of performances represents a world benchmark in terms of acceleration for anelectric vehicle and testifies to the advanced, high-tech know-how of Peugeot when itcomes to alternative propulsion methods for the car.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry Peugeot, that's a fast car, but not record setting.

      Tesla roadster, 1/4 mile in 12.643:

      White Zombie, 1/4 mile in 10.258:

      Put a roof on it and fix the areodynamics and then you might have a winner.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Sorry Peugeot, that's a fast car, but not record setting."


        It's absolutely record setting. Did the roadster or white zombie complete runs that were timed and validated by the Chinese Auto Sports Federation? No? Then they aren't in the running for the record.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So whats next for "record-setting" Peugeot?

        Setting a new speed record at the Bolivian salt flats? Fastest electric car in Hatti? Fastest electric vehicle in a James Bond movie?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Granted, it isn't really a world record, but it is still impressive, anyway.

        But if they could do something like that in a production model EV, it would be a lot more impressive!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oj, I get it. It's record setting for Chinese records. Not American (or world registered records). The White Zombie holds official NEDRA records. There was a news story not long ago with other unofficial "fastest" EV records (can't remember who it was because it wasn't official, therefor unimportant).
        • 4 Years Ago
        It is easy to set record for any electric car if you just pick up a race where there are no other electric cars. I wonder if Think City could have got that record...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its good to see Peugeot are pushing ahead with electric cars. We are a Peugeot dealer and although we are about to launch the iON electric city car, this report has been passed around the office with much excitement - actually we are trying to get a replica demo of the EX1 in the showroom....

      Please visit www.budgenmotorcars.co.uk as to when this will be in our showroom - news should be on the homepage in the next few weeks...
      • 4 Years Ago
      well peugeot is lying. it about matches the quarter mile for a tesla roadster but there are electric cars who have done it considerably faster. wrightspeed X1 is much faster and so is white zombie. 10.26seconds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOTewHnwVGI
      notice how it killed the 'muscle' car.

      and then there are dragsters below 8 seconds

      btw there is nothing in the white zombie that couldn't be produced so everyone could afford that performance. and performance is especially easy if the car is made light and aerodynamic which is part of why I advocate it.

      incidentally that white zombie time is faster than a standard bugatti veyron.
        • 4 Years Ago
        well I suppose I should read the press release rather than take Eric's word for it. strictly speaking they aren't lying in the press release. they are dishonest but not technically stating untrue things. they use the word benchmark instead of record :)
        a world benchmark. but so is a lada
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hm old Tesla just 0,2 secs slower than a concept car. Come back when you get it under 3!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Still, If Peuguet wanted some winter testing done, I'd find room for it in my garage....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nonsense. I won't hear of you sacrificing so. I'll do it for you. :-)
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