German outfit Irmscher has just unveiled its latest rival to the Caterham and Ariel Atom set--but with a green flavor--the new 7 Selectra electric roadster concept. Making its debut this week at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the 7 Selectra shares the familiar ‘Lotus 7’ roadster body with several other Irmscher models but comes packing a 144V DC electric motor.
This particular powerplant is rated at 235 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque--one of the highest torque ratings of an electric motor in an automotive application--and is powered by a lithium iron phosphate cell battery, or LiFePo for short.
Charging can be done using either a conventional household power outlet or even wireless. Irmscher claims that a single charge, which takes around eight hours, can provide a driving range of up to 124 miles. Of course, that range will depend dramatically on how you drive the car.
Irmscher is hoping to start selling the 7 Selectra later this year for around $126,000, which is relatively steep but the company is working on reducing that figure.
[Irmscher via WorldCarFans]