Ecotricity, the UK's leading green energy company, has launched the first high performance electric sports car 'Nemesis' designed and built entirely in the UK.
The wind energy-powered 'Nemesis' was created, developed and built in less than two years by an 'A-team' of leading-edge British Formula One engineers in Norfolk, the company said in a statement.
We wanted to prove electric cars can be quick to develop, beautiful to look at, cheap to run, and run entirely on wind power, Ecotricity founder and MD Dale Vince said.
The car is built by top-notch formula one engineers who were also behind the creation of the McLaren F1, the Lotus Elan, the Corvette 2R1, the Jaguar XJR15 and the De Lorean.
The wind car is faster than a V12 Ferrari, the Nemesis has done 0-100mph in 8.5 seconds and can reach 170mph. uniquely, and the Nemesis will be powered entirely by 100% green electricity made by Ecotricity's UK network of 51 windmills. It runs for between 100-150 miles between charges depending on driving style and can be charged from empty in under 2 hours from its fast charger or 8-9 hours from a regular mains supply, both via hidden retractable cable systems built into the rear of the car.
The few key specifications of the Nemesis are listed below.
Top speed: 170mph
0-100: 8.5 seconds
Power: Two 125KW motors = 330 bhp equivalent
Power source: 96 x 100 A/h 4.2 V pouch lithium polymer cobalt cells, charged with Ecotricity
Battery capacity: 36kWh
Range: 100-150 miles depending on driving style
Time to charge: Under 2 hours from empty to full with fast charger, 8 hours with 13A overnight charger
Charging: 64A three phase or 240V 13A household socket
Emissions: 0g CO2 when charged with green electricity from Ecotricity windmills
Cost: Under £1m
Time to build: 18 months
Styling Designer: Peter Stevens, designer of the McLaren F1 supercar, Williams Formula 1 car and Prodrive Subaru WRC Impreza