The race to produce a commercially viable electric supercar |

When we think of electric vehicles (EVs), we probably conjure up an image of a sensible car designed for short-haul trips, with people adopting EVs for their daily commutes to reduce their impact on the environment. But there’s one little-talked-about electric vehicle industry that’s slowly gearing up for its big launch: the electric hypercar. Several famous supercar manufacturers have quietly planned to release their electric vehicles over the next few years, as demand for electric vehicles overtakes the urban commuter market. As governments pressure automakers to curb the production of internal combustion engine (ICE) cars, with ICE vehicles being banned from sales in several states over the next decade, many are prepare for change.

From well-known EV automaker Tesla to supercar giant Lamborghini, leading producers are creating competitive concept cars that can drive faster and look sleeker than their counterparts. Some highly anticipated options include the Tesla Roadster, which hits 60 mph in 1.9 seconds and goes from 0 to 100 mph in 4.2 seconds, with a top speed of 250 mph. It seemed to come out of nowhere, catching other supercar manufacturers off guard. Meanwhile, Ariel is building its P40, an all-electric hypercar that can go from 0-100mph in 3.8 seconds, with a top speed of 155mph.

Tesla Roadster

Aspark, little known in Japan, plans to launch its Owl car, which achieved a 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds. Also from Asia, Taiwan’s Xing Mobility has big plans for its Miss R, which is expected to have off-road mobility, giving it a competitive edge over its counterparts. The Rimac C-Two car follows its first Concept-One EV, defying the competition by launching a car that’s more powerful, faster and goes further on a charge than its first attempt.

OwlAspark Owl

Meanwhile, several supercar manufacturers are working on their own electric vehicles. The British brand Lotus is planning to release its Evija, Porsche is launching its 918 Successor, Pagani has its own hypercar and Lamborghini is planning to release its Terzo Millenio. Lamborghini worked with MIT to build its own version of a hypercar, with four engines and regeneration capabilities. His concept car tries to show what a third millennium car looks like. It is currently developing a supercapacitor to ensure the symmetry of the battery system to provide the car with more power and performance. It also aims to perfect its nanomaterial technology to make the battery and the car lighter.

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Bugatti is also the subject of rumors working on a super-fast electric vehicle. The French company is believed to be working in partnership with Croatian hypercar manufacturer Rimac to create a sleeker electric version of its Bolide model. Although the company’s first electric vehicle was an electric scooter. The Scooter 9.0 listed for sale in three colors for $1,200. It can reach high speeds for a scooter, at a maximum of 30 km/h, and can travel around 35 km on a single charge.

Aston Martin has announced plans to bring its hypercar, Valhalla, to market by 2025. Its hybrid supercar is expected to have Formula 1 capabilities with electric benefits. Its concept car has a carbon fiber structure and the aerodynamic shape of its Valkyrie model, with the three-motor PHEV powertrain with a V8 engine.

However, Aston Martin lags the competition when it comes to speed, with EV mode allowing the car to top out at 80mph and achieve a zero-emissions range of 15km. Running on fuel, it can reach 217 mph and achieves 0 to 62 mph in 2.5 seconds. So while it’s a great contender for mainstream supercar models, its EV capabilities are limited.

And all is not clear for automakers looking to break into the battery market, as Ferrari has faced challenges in its production of electric vehicles. Last week, Ferrari CEO Benedetto Vigna addressed public concerns that a switch to electric would compromise the performance of the famous automaker’s vehicles. The heavy weight of batteries makes it difficult for supercar manufacturers to produce an electric vehicle capable of delivering the speed of a traditional fuel-powered car, but Vigna reassured consumers by saying: “It’s true, we have some 100 kilos more than a regular ICE. car for the same kind of horsepower, but what really‚Ķ reassures me is the fact that we have [a] in-depth understanding of vehicle dynamics.

Vigna highlighted Ferrari’s expertise in engines, suggesting the company’s engineers are well placed to meet this challenge. The company plans to launch its first all-electric car in 2025, although it has no plans to completely move away from ICE and hybrid cars anytime soon. Its handcrafted batteries will be assembled in Italy, working to reduce the extra weight.

As mainstream automakers prepare to launch a range of models for the vast consumer market, well-known supercar companies, as well as new competitors, are not far behind. Therefore, it might not be long before we see sleek and futuristic electric hypercars on our roads.

By Felicity Bradstock for

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