By Ronan Glon
Monday, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 8:50 am
 
Germany's PG has made a name for itself by building electric bicycles with carbon fiber frames. Not long ago, the company decided to apply the knowledge it gained in the bike business to building a car.

Its first creation is dubbed the Elektrus. It rides on the same chassis as a Lotus Elise, but PG says that it has redesigned and finetuned a majority of it.

The car's body is made out of a mixture of carbon fiber and plastic. The overall shape and the rear both betray the car's Lotus roots, but the front of it bears an undeniable resemblance to the Maserati GranTurismo.

PG is very vague about the Elektrus' technical details. All that is known about its battery pack is that it has an autonomy of about 215 miles, and that it is rechargeable in eight hours on a standard plug. It is backed up by a solar panel mounted on the engine deck lid that powers the car's lights, stereo and interior equipment.

No word was given about the motor, but it is rated at 200 kilowatt (about 270 horsepower) and 258 lb-ft of torque.

The extensive use of carbon fiber brings the car's weight down to just under 2,000 pounds. Its top speed is electronically limited to 155 miles per hour, and it sprints from zero to 62 miles per hour in less than three seconds.

To create a race-inspired atmosphere, the commands inside the car are all activated by toggle switches. The only exception to that theme is the start button, which the brand says was designed to look like the launch mechanism of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

A much-criticized aspect of electric cars is that they don't make noise, putting pedestrians in jeopardy. PG has developed its own solution to that: like many other EVs, the Elektrus emits a digital engine noise, but drivers can choose whether that noise is V8-like or F1-like.

The Elektrus will carry a base price of 285,600€ ($367,700) when it goes on sale in Germany. Only 667 examples will be built.