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230+ MPH Eliica Debuts in Japan

Capable of speeds in excess of 230mph, the eight-wheel Eliica - electric lithium-ion battery car - has an 800bhp engine and can reach 60mph in just 4sec.

Published: 22-Jan-2006

N class=textcopy>The world’s fastest electric road car has made its debut in Japan. Capable of speeds in excess of 230mph, the eight-wheel Eliica — electric lithium-ion battery car — has an 800bhp engine and can reach 60mph in just 4sec.

It represents an image boost for electric vehicles, which often have more in common with milkfloats than Maseratis. Its inventor, Hiroshi Shimizu, claims the Eliica could reach 250mph. The only factor preventing its arrival on British roads could be price: a production version could cost £170,000. And then there’s the 10-hour recharge.

The highest speed achieved in an electric vehicle is 245.5mph by the White Lightning Electric Streamliner in 1999. The torpedo-shaped vehicle was never intended for production.

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The Eliica runs on lithium-ion batteries and can reach a speed of 370 kilometers (230 miles) an hour.

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