When Peugeot unveiled the EX1 to the world at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, we had a hunch it would be one spectacular electric sports car. With an impressive amount of thrust – 250 kilowatts (340 horsepower) from a pair of electric motors, one attached to each axle – and a sleek and futuristic design that screams race-inspired, the EX1 has gone from sexy concept to record-setting battery-powered automobile.
Living up to expectations, the EX1 has shattered the existing record for an electric vehicle on the Nürburgring with a time of 9 minutes and 1.338 seconds. The electric sports car averaged an impressive 85.9 miles per hour on the demanding 12-mile Nordschleife track. The EX1 blew a hole through the previous electric vehicle record of 9:51, set by a modified Mini E back in 2010.
Driver Stephane Caillet piloted the EX1 during the record-breaking lap, which Peugeot says took place in "unfavorable" weather conditions – judging from the photos, it looks to be a bit damp and foggy. There's no doubting how rigorous a test the Nurburgring is on any vehicle and for Peugeot's EX1 to turn in an impressive time proves, once again, that the myth that all electric vehicles are pokey and uninspiring needs to die.