Monday, November 8, 2010

SEMA Motor show by Li-Ion Motors

One of the more interesting cars unveiled at the SEMA show is the Inizio by Li-Ion Motors. Li-Ion at the Automotive X Prize their smaller commuter car, the Wave II, won a 2.5 dollars million prize in the ultra-competitive side-by-side alternative class.

Li-Ion is billing the Inizio as the first all-electric sports car designed and built entirely in the United States. The Inizio uses a proprietary lithium-ion battery with a capacity we estimate to be around 50 kWh. Li-Ion Motors claims a range of 250 miles and a recharge time of about eight hours on a 240-volt, Level 2 charger.

SEMA Motor show by Li-Ion MotorsIt has an output of 145 kilowatt, can be charged 2,500 times before they degrade significantly. A 40-kw or 53 horsepower electric motor powers the rear wheels, and the company says the car has a top speed of 170 mph. Li-Ion hopes to bring the car to market in the middle of next year for $139,000. The prize-winning Wave II is expected to cost 39,000 dollars and go on sale in December 2011.

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