• Jun 10th 2011 at 11:48AM
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Korea's Leo Motors says it will debut an electric "supercar" dubbed the LZ-1 towards the end of 2011. The Korean firm promises that the vehicle's performance will exceed that of the Tesla Roadster. Leo Motors claims to have perfected the LZ-1 during the vehicle's five-year development process. Since when does it take just five years to achieve perfection?

Built from carbon fiber and aluminum alloy, the LZ-1 supposedly hits a top speed of up to 161 miles per hour and dashes from 0 to 60 mph in a scant 2.9 seconds. Impressive numbers, to be sure. IfLeo Motors actually launches the LZ-1 and they hold true, then the LZ-1 will become one of the quickest production vehicles available. Even more impressive is Leo Motors' claim that the LZ-1 has a range of 249 miles.

Also in the works is a plug-in hybrid version – the LZ-1H – which apparently uses hydrogen and LPG to fuel a generator that extends the vehicle's range to a whopping 560 miles. As expected, details are sketchy and Leo Motors has not released official pics or pricing, nor has the company announced a launch date.We will not be holding our breath for this one any time soon.

[Source: Sustainable Business]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      It would not be difficult to beat the performance specs on the roadster. You can do a lot when cost is not a problem. And I suspect they want bragging rights so badly that this supercar will be a completely one off hand built concept car that is NOT properly engineered to be put into serial production. And will therefore cost several hundred thousand dollars.
      • 1 Year Ago
      This company seems to be nothing more than making fake PR. It's late 2014 and - no car. The same goes for their other fake contracts they put on the newswire. Nothing ever happens. Just fake news.
      Levine Levine
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't doubt the Korean. They're a serious competitor and will eat Toyota's lunch, soon.
      Chris M
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is another "I'll believe it only when I see it" things. Details are sketchy because it is doubtful it actually works the way they claim, those figures really do sound too good to be true.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 4 Years Ago
      sounds pretty good. about time we get some more players. shouldn't really be hard to beat the Tesla roadster on price. interesting range they claim. that's not an easy combination with the high performance so that might be an interesting design. maybe achieved through aerodynamics and actual low weight (unlike the tesla's 1200kg)
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        You really are a complete idiot. How is Leo Motors going to make an EV supercar with better performance for less than the Roadster, which remains the cheapest car you can get with all carbon-fiber body panels? They can sell a handful at a huge loss for bragging rights but that's not the same thing. It's as likely as that styrofoam block on your floor turning into a real car.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 4 Years Ago
          never ceases to amaze me how people underestimate me. as a price indicator say a 25k$ kit car, 1k$ motor, 1k$ power electronics, 10k$ battery. is that less than 110k$? I think it is. tesla spent 300k$ for each car they've sold. and I wouldn't choose carbon fiber. fiber glass will do fine.
      • 4 Years Ago
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      Names of interest: ZAFCpower.com ZA-FC.com ZAFCG.com EvRangeExtender.com for info visit www.zafcpower.com contact.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You folks evidently have not reviewed Leo Motors products: MULTI MOTOR SYSTEM, OMNI CHANNEL BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, and Range Extender. These are leading edge innovations that are leapfrogging the current technology. There is no direct comparison to the Tesla! They already are utilizing several of these innovations in their contracts for buses and electric scooters for their world contracts. The LZ-1H may bring the recognition that will awaken the world to Korean knowhow. http://leomotors.com/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Im interrested to buy their 560 miles version with hydrogen and lpg. This car will be a hit in germany when audi will release their e-gas and hydrogen beating the tesla to a complete non-existing car
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