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.