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by Tim Beissmann

Innovative Taiwanese vehicle manufacturer Luxgen has unveiled an electric concept vehicle – the Luxgen neora – with technology to embarrass some of the automotive world’s giants.

The 1600kg front-wheel drive neora is powered by a 180kW electric motor and a 48kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

The result is a 0-100km/h acceleration time of just 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 250km/h.

Combine that with a battery range of 400km and an 80 percent fast charge in one hour, and the Luxgen neora is a tantalising prospect for environmentally conscious drivers who don’t want to sacrifice performance or driving range.

Outside, the neora has been designed with weight-saving and efficient aerodynamics in mind, yet unlike many EVs and hybrids it maintains a classic sedan shape.

The interior combines technology and environmental awareness. Futuristic features include a nine-inch LED display screen, head-up display, rear passenger infotainment screen and PDLC (polymer-dispersed liquid crystal) electric glass sunroof.

Incorporated into the dashboard are non-processed, non-dyed recycled wood materials, which are work well with the light, earthy tones in the leather upholstery.

Although Luxgen says the neora is only a concept vehicle, the fledgling Taiwanese manufacturer insists future models will draw influence from the compact sedan’s design.

Luxgen first announced itself to the world in 2009 and the neora is the first traditional passenger car it has ever produced.

Luxgen currently sells the Luxgen7 SUV and Luxgen7 MPV in its domestic market, where it was the sixth largest seller in 2010.




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