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After The Tesla Roadster, Can Other Electric Cars Fill The Void?

 
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PG Elektrus electric sports car

PG Elektrus electric sports car

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With the last Tesla Roadsters making their way towards owners in Europe, Asia and Australia, the world of electric cars will soon be lacking a sports car figurehead.

Since 2008 the Roadster has been pivotal in changing the image of electric cars, but while Tesla Motors readies the 2012 Tesla Model S for launch, there's a distinct, electric sports car-shaped void in the market.

Fear not though - another light weight, high-performance sports car is waiting in the wings in Germany, and it's called the PG Elektrus.

You might notice its similarities to the Tesla immediately, and for good reason.

Just as the Roadster was built on the bonded aluminum platform of England's Lotus Elise sports car, so too is the Elektrus. The body looks virtually identical, save for the particularly Fisker Karma-esque grille.

GT Spirit reports (via EVworld) that, like the Elise, the scarily-priced $367,000 Elektrus is clothed in glass-fiber-reinforced plastics. That makes it less high-tech than the carbon-fiber Tesla.

Performance certainly isn't sacrificed, bike manufacturer PG claiming a top speed of up to 300 m/h (186 mph), and a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of under three seconds. That eclipses the Tesla Roadster Sport's figures of 125 mph, and 3.7 seconds to 60 mph.

Curiously, the Elektrus also has the choice of an automatic or "stick shift" transmission. We're not sure exactly what this means, but it might suggest the use of a more traditional gearbox than the Tesla's reduction gear transmission. This could also explain the high top speed. A choice of synthesized sounds is also on offer - from either a traditional V-8 growl, or a Formula One-style shriek.

PG also claims a range of up to 350 kilometers (217 miles) which isn't dissimilar from the Tesla's official EPA 244 miles. A solar panel mounted on the back of the car should help to power accessories, just as it does in the Nissan Leaf or Toyota Prius with that feature.

This isn't the first time we've seen a Tesla Roadster rival appear based on the Elise platform - back in 2010, U.K. green energy entrepreneur Dale Vince revealed the Nemesis electric sports car.

That too promised Tesla-beating performance, and a range of up to 150 miles. Unfortunately, we've heard little of it since - will the PG Elektrus get any closer to production?

One thing is for sure - the Telsa Roadster may now be gone, but its spiritual successor could well be based on exactly the same platform...

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  1. If Lotus will not make the Elise chassis for Tesla anymore, why would they make it for PG?
     
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  2. I expect they have access to a limited supply of them, or simply bought a stock of them. Tesla required Lotus to do some of the building work, but by buying in kit form it might be possible to get around that.

    Either that, or a buyer can simply hand them an Elise and PG converts it (expensively) into the Elektrus.
     
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  3. Interesting. I will always wonder how many $109K Tesla Roadsters could have been sold if supply had been unlimited. I know Tesla could have sold more, but I am not sure if it would have been much more than the 2,500 already sold.
     
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  4. In the world of luxury cars the Tesla Roadster isn't really that expensive. Its cheaper then a well equipt Porsche 911........... trust me.
     
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  5. I believe that after the first 15 months, that it was not so much supply, but a horrible economy that limited the velocity of Roadster sales. And for us older folks, weary bones and even very long skirts were difficult to overcome just to climb in and out of a Roadster.
     
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  6. I might be wrong but I'm thinking the production limitations on the Tesla Roadster had something to do with the air bags there for Tesla was only allowed to make 2500 of them.
     
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  7. No! The Elektrus can't take the place of Tesla's roaster. The Elektrus looks like the Joker from Batman and it is three times more expensive and probably three times the size of the roaster.
     
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  8. Once Ferrari gets into this game, things may get very interesting. By 2020, imagine what kind of new EV supercars will be out there...
     
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  9. I allready know batteryless or 4 moter that recharge while driving.
     
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  10. I've already read about this car and it does not pick up where the Tesla Roadster left off. So what if it has a higher top speed and is faster to 60 mph, it's range is good but it costs over three times more then a base Tesla Roadster did. I'd rather buy a used Tesla Roadster or just wait for the next generation Roadster.
     
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  11. Tesla learned how hard it is to source parts for a limited production vehicle and is in a far better position nowadays
    with their own manufacturing capabilities and access to Toyota and Daimler parts bins. The next electric sports car worth paying attention to (the PG Elektrus being of no import)will undoubtedly be Tesla's upcoming sports roadster, styled by the incomparable
    Franz von Holzhausen (Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky). Now THAT will be a car worth waiting for, and one that people can actually afford to own. Tesla seems to be light years ahead of everyone else. I wonder when (if ever) another automaker will catch up?
     
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  12. This will go over well. Combine the worst of the Roadster with the worst of the Karma, sheath it in an inexpensive plastic skin and charge well over three times as much for it...has success written all over it!
     
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