The INIZIO uses a proprietary lithium-ion battery with a capacity we estimate to be around 40 kwh or 96.7 kilowatt-hours of power, depending on battery choice. The electric motor, which is also upgradeable, delivers 145 kilowatts of power. The company says this puts the 0-to-60-mph time in the 3- to 4-second range.
Li-ion Motors, the company that won $2.5 million in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize in September, claims that INIZIO has a range of up to 250 miles (321km) to satisfy every day driving needs, and a top-speed of 170 mph (272 km/hour) to thrill the avid sports car enthusiast.
INIZIO owners can expect a battery life of 2500+ full charges, and charging the INIZIO is easy and convenient to do at home with a standard 220V outlet. With as little as 8 hours needed for a full battery charge, drivers have ample time and access to enable an overnight refresh of the battery life. The INIZIO has a battery-management system to inform drivers of the car’s status. It includes battery temperature, power consumption, drive time and distance driven. It also displays nearby charging stations. A remote diagnostic system monitors the car and notifies Li-ion Motors and the driver in advance of any problems.
The sleek exterior of the car is characterized by smooth and rounded edges, led by high-intensity halogen headlights, a removable hard top, and an optional moveable back wing that allows the driver to customize the INIZIO experience for every drive and occasion.
Luxury and style come together to create a chic entry point for any passenger, when the INIZIO’s rotational doors raise on a 90-degree angle, and the custom hydraulic lift system raises the car 3 inches to allow for easy and comfortable access to the sexy and sporty interior.
Once inside, INIZIO owners will enjoy full-power, adjustable, leather and suede Recaro seating with heating and cooling features for optimal comfort. As if the ride wasn’t exciting enough, the INIZIO comes standard with a complete entertainment system that includes a 5.0 digital surround sound system (with 12″ subwoofer), GPS navigation, and video monitor with DVD player, audio/video and mp3 input.
If government approval goes well, the INIZIO electric super car is expected to become available in mid-2011. The company is hoping to build 2500 units per year with a starting price of $139,000.[source:Pure Green Cars, Li-ion Motors][wzslider height=”400″ lightbox=”true”]