Peugeot EX1 Concept 2010
Peugeot”â„¢s EX1 concept is setting world records for electric-car acceleration from a standing start thanks to a combination of ultralight aero body, twin 125 kW electric motors and fourwheel drive. Maximum torque of the motors “” one on each axle “” is 240 N.m. Add all of that up and the result is neck-snapping acceleration in excess of 1 G, says Peugeot.
Ingenious running-gear features include front suspension that consists of a drop link double wishbone arrangement and rear suspension with a single swinging arm linked to a centrally mounted shock absorber connected via a rocker arm to provide a variable damping rate. Lessons learnt from similarlooking designs such as the 1996 Asphalte concept and the two 20Cup models of a decade later pointed the way to how to optimise the passenger cell”â„¢s weight distribution. The monocoque body structure”â„¢s carbon/honeycomb composite construction was chosen as the best compromise between lightness and rigidity. That layout mimics the company”â„¢s HYbrid4 technology, which uses a diesel up front boosted by an electric at the rear.
Seating position is unashamedly sporty: both driver and passenger clamber into the bucket seats through a reverse-opening door. Each gets his own instrument panel. The driver sits racer-dude style at floor level with legs outstretched and hands clasping two control handles like an aircraft”â„¢s yoke.