At the upcoming motor show in Paris, the French Exagon Engineering company will present its first Exagon Furtive e-GT prototype EV.
How much time does it take for an electric car to evolve from a 3D rendering and a galore of press releases into a production-ready vehicle?
Tesla Motors first announced their Roadster EV in June, 2006, unveiled a number of 3D renderings in July of the same year and started producing the car in March, 2008. So far, the American start-up sold around 1500 cars. It took them almost two years to start producing the roadster and two more years to sell the first thousand. Gee, would Henry Ford be proud of them.
Fisker Karma, on the other hand, was not that lucky. The plugin-hybrid was first introduced in January, 2008 and a year later revealed in sheet metal at NAIAS in January, 2009 with the first cars scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2009.
Later production was postponed to September, 2010 and now the Finnish-based company promises to present their first production-ready vehicle during the 2010 Paris Motor Show with actual production shifted again to February, 2011. Stay tuned. Right. As always.
There were a number of other, more obscure, pieces of electric waporvare from different parts of the world with about the same result: nothing but promises and unfounded claims.
Now, the French racing specialist Exagon Engineering (they made a number of cars to compete in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, but are not particularly well-known in the business) has revealed a new contender: the Exagon Furtive e-GT electric vehicle.
To be presented at the upcoming motor show in Paris, the EV is not just a 3D rendering, but is a real life object, although it is still unclear whether the vehicle, which demonstrated in this Youtube clip, is a pre-production version of the car or just a moving mock-up. Judging by the way it moves on the video, probably, the latter.
Now, let me be clear. It is not particularly difficult to create a nice-looking moving mock-up EV, if you have enough money in your pocket and are eager to buy some publicity for your brand (especially, if you are in the automotive business.) One can even make a full-blown one-off model that will accelerate like a rocket and run 300 miles on a single gallon of gasoline. The problem, however, is that it is quite difficult to make a business case of it, especially when you promise to deliver nothing less, than an electric-powered supercar.
The Exagon Furtive e-GT with its pair of electric motors producing around 340 hp of power and accelerating the car from zero to 100 km/h in under 3.5 seconds is promised to run for as long as 400 km on a single charge and around 800 km if the battery is juiced-up on the go with an auxiliary internal combustion engine.
Sounds very promising, but, judging by the real time performance of the similarly-specced Tesla Roadster Sport, is not quite achievable in the real life driving. Well, with 340 horses under the hood it is surely capable of doing the 62mph in 3.5 seconds, but riding almost 250 miles after the stunt without burning a single drop of gas? No freaking way!
Like the Lotus-built American EV, the French car will possibly run no more than 120 kilometers on a single charge, if a driver would be very easy on the acceleration pedal and would keep the climate control and the stereo system off.
Photos and video: Exagon Motors