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Peugeot EX1 concept sets electric speed records

Peugeot’s record-breaking all-electric concept car – the Peugeot EX1 – has continued its streak during the latest series of tests in China.
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Most impressive was the vehicle’s 0-100km/h sprint, which it managed to complete in just 3.49 seconds – matching the $560,000 456kW Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

It also snuck in under the previous all-electric records for the one-eighth-mile and quarter-mile (201.2m and 402.3m), with official times of 7.0862secs and 12.6754secs respectively.

The Peugeot EX1 was first shown earlier this year at the 2010 Paris Auto Show as a part of the French marque’s bicentennial celebrations.

Two electric motors are mounted on the axles, combining for a peak power output of 250kW and an instantly available 240Nm of torque. The concept features an all-wheel drive layout and weighs just 750kg.

Peugeot says the EX1’s lithium-ion battery pack has a standard cycle range of 450km and, if the conditions are right, can reach its 260km/h top speed in a mind-bending 6.6 seconds.

Many of the records broken by the Peugeot EX1 have stood for almost 40 years, originally set by the Opel GT Electric in 1971.

Like most other manufacturers, Peugeot is pursuing a significantly increased share of the Chinese new vehicle market. It has set the goal of boosting sales to 500,000 units by 2015.