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Artega SE – All Electric Sports Car Unveiled by German Automaker

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Artega SE (Sports Electric) is the name of the new car developed by Germany-based automaker Artega. According the the company, the electric vehicle is able to reach a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) and go from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.3 seconds.

Being designed after Artega‘s combustion-engine powered GT model, the Artega SE is equipped with two electric motors on the rear axle that can generate 280 kW (380 hp). The Artega Sports Electric can actually hit 100 km/h about 0.5 seconds faster than the gasoline GT version.

“Sports car drivers usually have a very dynamic driving style, with frequent acceleration and braking, which is very energy inefficient. But electric cars recuperate the energy lost through braking and return it to the battery. In addition, unlike combustion engine vehicles, electric vehicles convert the full extent of the engine torque immediately, which makes driving them a completely new, very dynamic experience,” said Artega’s Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart.

Besides this, the new electric car has a range of about 300 km (186 miles). Furthermore, as the company said, the electric motors are powered by 16 lithium-ion battery modules, each containing 12 cells. The entire pack (that weighs about 310 kg) is capable of generating a total of 37 kWh and a nominal voltage of 350V.

Weighing 1,400 kg (10 percent more than the GT model), the Artega SE has the width of a luxury limousine blended with the length of a compact car. The vehicle’s body is composed of a high-strength steel, alloys reinforced with carbon fiber and an aluminum space frame. The new car has been unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and is estimated to have a price of around $212,500, much more expensive than Tesla’s Roadster.

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