Finland’s All-Electric Race Car Charges in Just 10 Minutes

The RaceAbout is slated to compete for the $10 million Progressive Automotive X-Prize starting in April

Hybrid and even all-electric sports cars have become the rage as of late, but how many of them can recharge their lithium-ion battery in as little time as a pit stop at the gas station? Meet Finland’s electric RaceAbout, an all-electric sports car that has its sights set on the $10 million Progressive Automotive X-Prize, according to Inhabitat.

The four-wheel drive RaceAbout features a 124-mile (200-km) range and can fully charge in just 10 minutes. Its chassis also weighs half as much as similar-sized cars, in part because the direct-drive electric motor eliminates heavy gearboxes. The vehicle also incorporated other lightweight materials and technologies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vg4BLrbwuLY

RaceAbout came out of the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, but also received help from many Finnish companies. It’s just one of 44 teams scheduled to compete in a “shakedown stage” of the X-Prize at the Michigan International Speedway this April.

A final winner will emerge in September for having developed the best production-capable electric vehicle that exceeds 100 MPG. But anyone tired of just being a spectator can already place orders for electric sports cars that get to 60 MPH in five seconds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcYtNCCZg1Y

[Autoblog Green via Inhabitat]