RE: Japanese Car Makers Back 200mph Eliica EV

RE: Japanese Car Makers Back 200mph Eliica EV

Tuesday 9th November 2010

Japanese Car Makers Back 200mph Eliica EV

30 companies stump up $250k investment each for Eliica electric tech



This is the Eliica concept car. It's got eight wheels (each powered by an individual electric motor), can reach 50mph in just 4.0secs and tops out at 200mph. It also costs $5 million (£3.1m).

It sounds utterly bizarre, but it seems that 30 companies, including Isuzu and Mitsubishi, have some faith in the car and its creator Hiroshi Shimizu - they've chipped in $250k apiece for a slice of the project.

Mind you, that's not merely so that Shimizu's company, SIM-drive, can put the Eliica into production. As interesting as an eight-wheeled, 200mph electric car is, what's really getting Shimizu's investors going is the promise of a 'conventional' four-wheeled electric vehicle due to be unveiled in January.

That car will, if produced at a volume of 100,000 cars a year, could be built at around $25,000 (£15.5k) and will allegedly possess a range of 200 miles on a single charge.

It all sounds very worthy, but we'd rather see the Eliica in production - if we have to have an electric car, it might as well come with eight wheels and a 200mph top speed, after all...

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Escort Si-130

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Monday 8th November 2010
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Looks hideous. Reminds me of something from citreeon in the early 80's or a ghostbusters vehicle.

rhinochopig

17,932 posts

180 months

Monday 8th November 2010
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"This is the voice of the mysterons, we think your car looks rubbish Earthmen. Captain Scarlet's old car was much better"

Deranged Granny

2,266 posts

150 months

Monday 8th November 2010
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Is this article thirty years old?

SystemParanoia

14,343 posts

180 months

Monday 8th November 2010
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love it biggrin

soad

31,587 posts

158 months

Monday 8th November 2010
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It looks a right mess..hideous one at that.
And the price?! Ouch

priley

486 posts

170 months

Monday 8th November 2010
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Surely that was designed by Gerry Anderson about 40 years ago?

A Scotsman

1,000 posts

181 months

Monday 8th November 2010
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Oh joy. Another electric car.

renrut

1,478 posts

187 months

Monday 8th November 2010
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priley said:
Surely that was designed by Gerry Anderson about 40 years ago?
I think they've only just started getting Thunderbirds over in the far east...

marshalla

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183 months

Monday 8th November 2010
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priley said:
Surely that was designed by Gerry Anderson about 40 years ago?
Very very similar - Gerry's had more wheels though


TobesH

549 posts

189 months

Monday 8th November 2010
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Actually looks more like FAB1 by Ford!


Bucket O Frogs

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164 months

Monday 8th November 2010
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Didn't Arnold Shwartzenegger ride in one in Total recall??


briers

871 posts

161 months

Monday 8th November 2010
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vdubbin

2,165 posts

179 months

Monday 8th November 2010
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The "car" may not be new, but the fact that the big boys in Japan are getting behind it, is.

Blue Meanie

73,668 posts

237 months

Monday 8th November 2010
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Erm... The car in the picture isn't the news... They are investing for the 4 wheeled 200 mile range version supposedly unveiled in January. The 4 second, 200 mph car is simply, I would imagine, a testbed experiment attention grabber thingy. Come on PH, let's have some proper journalism!

Streps

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148 months

Monday 8th November 2010
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I actually like it

It's different.

sidaorb

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188 months

Monday 8th November 2010
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Its the love child of these two




Mr Gear

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172 months

Monday 8th November 2010
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Blue Meanie said:
Erm... The car in the picture isn't the news... They are investing for the 4 wheeled 200 mile range version supposedly unveiled in January. The 4 second, 200 mph car is simply, I would imagine, a testbed experiment attention grabber thingy. Come on PH, let's have some proper journalism!
It does say that in the article, but I doubt it will stop people from getting excited and posting pictures of whatever vehicles they can think of that have more than 4 wheels.



Brumm brumm!

Blue Meanie

73,668 posts

237 months

Monday 8th November 2010
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My point is that the headline for this thread is "Japanese Car Makers Back 200mph Eliica EV", when they aren't, they are backing the little 4 wheel electric car. The article is akin to

"hey look at this weird things that does 200mph, and japanese car manufacturers are giving millions for it...'s 4 wheels cousin that is due out in January"

briers

871 posts

161 months

Monday 8th November 2010
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Blue Meanie said:
Erm... The car in the picture isn't the news... They are investing for the 4 wheeled 200 mile range version supposedly unveiled in January. The 4 second, 200 mph car is simply, I would imagine, a testbed experiment attention grabber thingy. Come on PH, let's have some proper journalism!
I don't care how many wheel's it has, or how fast it can go. The fact is, it can only do 200 miles of the most economical driving to a charge and it isn't affordable.

If the prius isn't affordable after what 6 years? then what's the point. It's still a dull, awful looking, souless piece of rubbish that's expensive to manufacturer. People who buy these types of electric cars must only do short runs because of the charge range. Therefore i reckon there's a big argument to question the actual co2 savings over a 3 year ownership when you consider the manufacturing costs, R&D and charging/maintenance.

I love new technology and i love inventions but i just see the current crop of electric and hybrids as the modern day concord. Interesting on paper, too expensive and too many imperfections in reality.



Edited by briers on Monday 8th November 15:48

TobesH

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Monday 8th November 2010
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Bucket O Frogs said:
Didn't Arnold Shwartzenegger ride in one in Total recall??

Jonny Cab, he he he